Tuesday, May 01, 2007

The Invisibles Vol. 3 #10: 'Satanstorm: Part 3: The 'It' Girls'

There's a whole bunch of crazy stuff in this issue, as the characters get drawn deeper into the web of complexity that is this volume. The major themes here are the mutability of personality and the fictional nature of the "war," central themes to the series, but handled in a slightly different way here.

Six begins by comparing the thought reflecting ectoplasm to the war for the destiny of humanity. He's implying that the war shifts with our own changes in thought patterns, and is in fact not a war at all, but merely one entity containing different parts. Just as the ectoplasm isn't actually a naked woman, the war isn't actually two sides at all, it's just one entity that's not yet aware of its true nature. It's astonishing how many times Morrison sums up the whole series in a single quote throughout the book's run, and yet it still took me a reread and much thought to figure these things out. The comic itself is a form of initiation, the first time through, there are many baffling elements, on the reread, you are Invisible, know the game and are better able to understand all the pieces....

I've taken down my posts on The Invisibles because they're all coming out in book form. The book, Our Sentence is Up, features revised and expanded versions of each blog post, covering every issue of The Invisibles, plus an extensive interview with Morrison himself. Visit your local comic store and order a copy now!

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