Themes in Grant Morison's work

#1 Edited by johnny_spam (2035 posts) - - Show Bio

* Transformation of human into energy or information:
    In All Star Superman Superman himself has begun transformation into solar energy and has a vision of his father telling him  Kryptonians have evolved to the point of transforming into sunbeams implying that although thier bodies die the mind cannot be destroyed. speaking of visions...
*Visions:
   In many of Grant's stories a character has a vision of something that relates to their future. In Batman Bruce Wayne himself has a vision of three Batmen who themselves became characters in the rest of his Batman run. Events like this also have happened in his series The Invisibles.    
* Jackasses who are heroes at heart:
   In The Invisibles there is a little bastard named Dane who is in fact the new savior of Humanity over time he grows into a sympathetic character then a likable character then into leader of humanity as humans evolve to their next stage. In Batman there is Damian Batman's asshole son who just like Dane isn't liked really. But in Batman #666 Damian has become the new Batman (and admits that he is not as good as his father or Dick Grayson) and sold his soul to the devil (possibly Dr. Hurt from Batman R.I.P.)  to protect Gotham City. That's how dedicated Damian is to justice he will probably go to Hell to do the right thing.
* Foreshadowing:
   In Dc One Million there is mention of the Superman squad that has traveled back in time to stop the Chronovore which became a issue of All Star Superman eight years later. In JLA Rock of Ages the JLA go to the future but not far enough and see Darkseid has taken over the planet earth and uses the Anti-Life Equation to contol humans. This can be seen as a foreshadowing of Final Crisis that happened ten years later. Batman is even blasted by the Omega beam just like in Final Crisis and Metron also calls earth the seed for the Fifth World a term he uses in Final Crisis.
* Part of the story:
   Grant Morrison has placed "himself" in the story before. One of Grant Morrison's first creations is Gideon Stargrave who was revealed in The Invisibles to be King Mob a character who resembles Grant Morrison to the point that King Mob's pen name is Kirk Morrison. The similarities to Comic books and real life became strange: When King Mob got a flesh eating virus Grant Morrison got some sort of fungus on his face. When King Mob found out he may die Grant Morrison became so ill he almost died (he claimed to have used a magic spell to save his life). In Animal Man he wrote himself in the series as a character called the Writer who made Animal Man's adventures and controlled his life. Also Damian in Batman #666 appears with a shaved head and has a cat (Grant Morrison loves cats apparently). While writing All Star Superman Lex Luthor looked like him the same can be said for New X-Men because Xavier looked like him too.
* A better tommorow:
   No matter how dark something is in his stories there seems to be a theme that the world will get better. In Arkham Asylum the main idea is that after all the bad stuff Batman goes through he has cleansed himself and become more zen like the way he was in Grant's JLA run. Batman goes through another situation in 52 where he has purged himself of all doubt and fear he has had the past few years. A the end of Final Crisis the world is stripped down to a Watchtower (I think something similar has happened at the end of The Invisibles)  but is saved by Superman who uses the Miracle Machine (a wishing machine) and wishes for a happy ending at the end New Earth is fixed and there is talk on the tv of new possiblities. Even in R.I.P. Batman survies all that is taken to him and doesn't meet his "end" till Final Crisis where he is blasted by the Omega Sanction only to live at the begining of time.
* All connected:
   After reading more than one of Grant Morrison's strories  it can be seen thay all consolidate one another and you can see echoes of his previous works there is a character in Doom Patrol he made called Crazy Jane and in The Invisibles there is someone named Ragged Robin who has the same vibe as Jane the two are both named Kay and both say "I'm Nuts". All Star Superman is connected with DC One Million all his Batman stories are connected JLA hints at Final Crisis The Invisibles and The Filth share some suff in common. And apparently Dane and King Mob  make a hidden cameo in Marvel Boy (I never read Marvel comics so I don't know for sure).


That is what I see after reading some of Grant Morrison's work and I haven't read all of it so I'm sure other people smarter than me who have read all of his work can see more stuff that is going over my head.

#2 Posted by inferiorego (23084 posts) - - Show Bio

One thing a lot of people miss on is that Grant Morrison rips from Silver Age storylines. When I say rips, I mean he takes elements, characters, smaller story ideas, and makes them contemporary. This is usually really confusing to new readers, but some of us who love SA & GA books fully appreciate his craft.

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#3 Posted by AtPhantom (14521 posts) - - Show Bio

Taking obscure ancient characters and reinventing them.
Libra, Devilance, Zor, Wrath, Sonny Sumo, Nebula man, Guardian and so on...

#4 Posted by Red_Jack (285 posts) - - Show Bio

Grant also loves gender bending. He loves adding characters that don't fit the cookie cutter all american norm. He loves adding transvestites, ethnic minorities and the likes into his comics as much as possible.

#5 Posted by Pperspectiveandreality (1926 posts) - - Show Bio

Bump.

#6 Edited by JakeN7 (11719 posts) - - Show Bio

@inferiorego: Really? You'd say that was mostly missed? I thought that was what the general comic reading public always associated him with...

I'd say mindf***ery and certain character's omnipresence in pop culture. Comics are eternal basically. That was kind of the main point he had with his Batman run.

Also, for posterity's sake, let me scream one of my favorite quotes that kind of ties in with that idea: "YOU'RE WRONG! BATMAN AND ROBIN WILL NEVER DIE!"

EDIT: Did not notice Elfring's comment was nearly 5 years old. Lol.

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#7 Posted by Squares (5560 posts) - - Show Bio
#8 Posted by Pperspectiveandreality (1926 posts) - - Show Bio

@squares:

Is that a bad thing? Grant Morrison is a popular writer with complex themes and ideas. This is a comic website. I figured this was worthy of discussion and rather than make a new thread I just bumped this one.

#9 Posted by Squares (5560 posts) - - Show Bio

@pperspectiveandreality: Personally I think threads that are over a year old should be left alone, but since the original post was excellently worded I'm actually not 100% sure....

#10 Posted by Pperspectiveandreality (1926 posts) - - Show Bio

@squares:

I didn't see anything wrong with it since I didn't break any site rules by bumping this. In addition this was a well thought out thread that got limited traction.

#11 Posted by Squares (5560 posts) - - Show Bio

@pperspectiveandreality: I don't think it's anything that'd be against the rules, necroing is more a bad form thing than anything else. But like I said, this is an interesting thread, I kind of agree with bumping it.

#12 Edited by inferiorego (23084 posts) - - Show Bio

@jaken7 said:

@inferiorego: Really? You'd say that was mostly missed? I thought that was what the general comic reading public always associated him with...

I'd say mindf***ery and certain character's omnipresence in pop culture. Comics are eternal basically. That was kind of the main point he had with his Batman run.

Also, for posterity's sake, let me scream one of my favorite quotes that kind of ties in with that idea: "YOU'RE WRONG! BATMAN AND ROBIN WILL NEVER DIE!"

EDIT: Did not notice Elfring's comment was nearly 5 years old. Lol.

I've been on this site for soooooo looonnnngggg....

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#13 Posted by JakeN7 (11719 posts) - - Show Bio

@inferiorego: Apparently! I was 14 when you made that comment. Does that make you feel old? ;p

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