Thoughts on Grant Morrison?

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#1 Posted by NerdMan (19 posts) - - Show Bio

I was thinking about doing this anyway, and then I saw that tyger_raven hates 'im, so I figured I'd ask people's opinions.

I personally think that Grant Morrison circa 1988 is the single best writer ever to hit comics. Animal Man is absolutely brilliant and entirely mind-boggling. Doom Patrol is chock-full of brilliant ideas.

Then you get to newer stuff. I haven't read the last few arcs of New X-Men, but I enjoyed the first two hardcovers. Not great, but pretty good. But then...you have things like the Filth which, while containing a few good ideas in there, just seemed stupid to me. And thus far I haven't been too impressed with his Batman run (though he's infinitely better than Ostrander on Grotesk), though the half of 7 Soldiers I've read has been decent.

So what does everybody else think? Is he a hack? Is he past his prime? Is he a god among men?

#2 Posted by venomjr (242 posts) - - Show Bio

Great writer. Loved his runs on New X-men and JLA. He got me back into reading comics (with E is for Exinction story) after I took a few years off of reading.

#3 Posted by tyger_raven (70 posts) - - Show Bio

;-) Wait, does this mean that because of my feelings for the guy, I don't get to state why I have my opinion? I'm just joking.

Personally, I find it hard to follow most of the stuff that Grant does. I can't say one way or the other how good or not good he is, but I don't like his work because point blank, it's often so out there that I'm left sitting there scratching my head and going, "HUH?"

Though, I have been trying to get through his Animal Man issues, and aside from that one story about the coyote, I've been enjoying it.

#4 Posted by NerdMan (19 posts) - - Show Bio

You didn't like Coyote Gospel? That was when I really got into it, since I thought the whole B'Wana Beast arc was a little generic. If you don't like the out-there stuff, though, you might want to stay away from the rest. It's the single most out-there comic I've read, but I think the end result is the greatest story I've ever read. Assuming you've read CoIE it's absolutely amazing. And if you haven't, it's still great, but harder to follow.

#5 Posted by Captain Cascader (1232 posts) - - Show Bio

Maybe I'm crazy, but I loved his stuff on New X-Men. It was awesome compared to the snoozefest that was going on with Uncanny at the time.

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#6 Posted by Zero (31 posts) - - Show Bio

While I almost always end scratching my head about Morrison's comics, I love them. His comics have a high re-reading value, with great ideas, nonlinear stories and pure fun.

Also his work is really influential: New x-men, JLA, All Star Superman. He usually leaves a mark in the characters.

#7 Posted by Chediablo (101 posts) - - Show Bio

His mastery of polysemy makes him a very fun wrter to read. Though I have mixed opinions on him, since he's got this well-known superiority complex and a die-hard fanboy love for the silver age.

This love makes me mad when he tries to revert things back to the way they were back then. Meaning, I don't like the fact that even though his writing is far from simple, he favors simpler characters and tries to devolve more complex ones.

#8 Posted by ScoodleDaddle (642 posts) - - Show Bio

Love his JLA and what I've read of Animal Man. I need to pick up All-Star Supes, too.

#9 Posted by Zombie Boy (30 posts) - - Show Bio

i love the animal man.

i love doom patrol.

i loved his JLA.

what the hell happenend on The New Xmen...

all sarcasm aside, i feel as if Grant is more into concepts instead of characters lately...but that just my opinion
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#10 Posted by Zombie Boy (30 posts) - - Show Bio

oh yeah i forgot the work hes doing on allstar superman...that might be some of the best superman stories ive read in the past five years...but i am a huge fan of late sixtys superman comics soo there you go

#11 Posted by KidCroesus (10 posts) - - Show Bio

Arkham Asylum: A serious house on a serious earth is one of my top ten favorites books, definitely. Agreed that Morrison hit his peak in late 80's, early 90's -- as did comics in general.

#12 Posted by Le Francais (260 posts) - - Show Bio

I loved his We3 story, all-star Superman and his run on X-Men !!

Seaguy, The Filth & 7 Soldiers are pretty good too.

One of my top 10 writer anyway.

#13 Posted by Kaiho13 (37 posts) - - Show Bio

Grant is tending to become a hit/miss writer for me. He is by no chance "up-there" with Ellis,Bendis,Moore but some of the stuff he wrote from time to time sit comfortably in my "top 10" lists

Invisibles is the best thing he's ever written. His first ark in X-men was tremendous too ...

Seven Soldiers was a big let down for my expectations and i am not very demanding (i enjoyed Filth), but after We3 i had high hopes.

Truth is that his names sells me a comic very easily ... I bought Authority and Wildcats (which i would anyway) but i had a disturbing smile while doing it ....

#14 Posted by MShades (75 posts) - - Show Bio

I find him fun and frustrating. It's great that he has no problem going beyond the traditional boundaries of the comic book story, trying new ideas and new concepts. They may fail, but at least he tried, unlike other writers who are happy to re-use the tried-and-true "Oh no, Lois got kidnapped" type of thing. "Invisibles" was... I think I'd have to read it again, but I'm not buying the TPBs if I'm not sure I like it. It was heady work, and I'm not sure how much was Grant being serious and how much was, "Let's see how much craziness I can get people to believe."

Either way he's a remarkable author. And yeah, "Coyote Gospel" was the single best issue of his Animal Man run, in my opinion....

#15 Posted by Dreaded Porcupine (49 posts) - - Show Bio

I liked his work on Doom Patrol.

#16 Posted by Prodigal Son (3473 posts) - - Show Bio

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#17 Posted by Sling Shot (3560 posts) - - Show Bio

Love his stuff on Animal Man. He is the bar by which i rate many writers. Prolly why alot of people don't rate.

#18 Posted by Harley-Quinn (36 posts) - - Show Bio

I actually had to read an X-Men story and Superman story by him and do a critisizm for english class (awesome, I know) and I really don't like Marvel, but Morrison did make it kind of cool.

His work on JLA is amazing. Batman was okay... I didn't like the formatting.. that was weird. You know it was like a book with computerized images? Ew.

Go read Arkham Assylum by him, it's SO good. It tells you what everything means in the back because there's a lot more to it than you'd think. Soooo good!

#19 Posted by Supreme Marvel (11268 posts) - - Show Bio

Harley Quinn says:

"Go read Arkham Assylum by him, it's SO good. It tells you what everything means in the back because there's a lot more to it than you'd think. Soooo good!"

My mate has it, haven't red it for a while, but i know i do love it.

Hes one of my top 3 writers.

  1. Mark Waid

  2. Geoff Johns

  3. Grant Morrison

#20 Posted by Sling Shot (3560 posts) - - Show Bio

Grant Morrison is arguably my favorite comic scribe. He thinks deeper about the characters, metaphysically, which allows him in my opinion to see their evolution or true essence. His plots are much like his characterization. He is creme in this crop and everybody can't stomach visionaries It's not real mainstream.

#21 Posted by likalaruku (759 posts) - - Show Bio

I like everything he's ever written with the Joker in it. Nobody writes the Joker better. NOBODY! >.<

#22 Posted by No_Name_ (12593 posts) - - Show Bio

Morrison is THE MAN.

#23 Posted by John Valentine (16335 posts) - - Show Bio
BatgirlBabs said:
"Morrison is THE MAN."
I second that motion.
#24 Posted by No_Name_ (12593 posts) - - Show Bio

Thank you.

He's one of the best Batman writers ever. The end.

#25 Posted by Vance Astro (91403 posts) - - Show Bio

The best DC has to offer besides Geoff Johns.

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#26 Posted by No_Name_ (12593 posts) - - Show Bio
Vance Astro said:
"The best DC has to offer besides Geoff Johns."
Negatory. Although he's very very very very gooooooood.
#27 Posted by Vance Astro (91403 posts) - - Show Bio

Pository.There is no one at DC better than Morrison.

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#28 Posted by AtPhantom (14521 posts) - - Show Bio
Vance Astro said:
"Pository.There is no one at DC better than Morrison."
Agreed. And while his comics don't always make sense until the last issue, he is certainly fun to read, and everything he writes deserves a second and third reading.
#29 Posted by King Saturn (225026 posts) - - Show Bio
Grant Morrison is a fu#kin beast with DC
#30 Posted by VII アメリカの英雄 (105 posts) - - Show Bio

I agree with you JV..Johns is pretty high tier.

#31 Posted by AtPhantom (14521 posts) - - Show Bio
John Valentine said:
"AtPhantom said:
"Vance Astro said:
"Pository.There is no one at DC better than Morrison."
Agreed. And while his comics don't always make sense until the last issue, he is certainly fun to read, and everything he writes deserves a second and third reading."
Johns is pretty damn close."
I never said he wasn't.
#32 Posted by John Valentine (16335 posts) - - Show Bio

Vance did.

#33 Posted by Vance Astro (91403 posts) - - Show Bio
John Valentine said:
"Vance did."
VII アメリカの英雄 said:
"I agree with you JV..Johns is pretty high tier."

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#34 Posted by John Valentine (16335 posts) - - Show Bio
Vance Astro said:
"John Valentine said:
"Vance did."
VII アメリカの英雄 said:
"I agree with you JV..Johns is pretty high tier."

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VII アメリカの英雄 is Vance?!?!
#35 Posted by Vance Astro (91403 posts) - - Show Bio
John Valentine said:
"Vance Astro said:
"John Valentine said:
"Vance did."
VII アメリカの英雄 said:
"I agree with you JV..Johns is pretty high tier."

"

VII アメリカの英雄 is Vance?!?!"
Yes.
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#36 Posted by AtPhantom (14521 posts) - - Show Bio

What is the point of so many profiles?

#37 Posted by speedlgt (2109 posts) - - Show Bio

Hes one of the best right now, I think at times his stories dont tell themselves well the first time you read em but that doesnt mean there not good just deep and require a bit more reading and time.

#38 Posted by Alexander Hillcrest (71 posts) - - Show Bio
AtPhantom said:
"What is the point of so many profiles?"
What is the point of knowing?
#39 Posted by AtPhantom (14521 posts) - - Show Bio
Alexander Hillcrest said:
"AtPhantom said:
"What is the point of so many profiles?"
What is the point of knowing?"
............
#40 Posted by Alexander Hillcrest (71 posts) - - Show Bio
AtPhantom said:
"Alexander Hillcrest said:
"AtPhantom said:
"What is the point of so many profiles?"
What is the point of knowing?"
............"
What I am saying is..if I tell you what will be the point of you knowing what I am doing it for.I am sure it's information you can't use.
#41 Posted by AtPhantom (14521 posts) - - Show Bio

...................I have no idea........................................



So tell me.

#42 Posted by Alexander Hillcrest (71 posts) - - Show Bio
AtPhantom said:
"...................I have no idea........................................



So tell me."
LOL.
Vance Astro is my central username.The other are for RPG's,one I made because I thought I was going to get banned,I made another as a homage to the first account I had here "Colt Python".It got banned.I use another just for my scans I keep all the scans in that gallery.I made this one for the f#ck of it.
#43 Posted by Nighthunter (28582 posts) - - Show Bio

Morrison, Rucka, Johns and Brubacker are gods among men compared to other writers (only one close enough is Simone)

#44 Posted by aztek_the_lost (28224 posts) - - Show Bio
Nighthunter said:
"Gaiman, Morrison, Rucka, Johns and Brubacker are gods among men compared to other writers (only one close enough is Simone)"
I was going to just edit your post but I didn't want to abuse my power :P
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#45 Posted by No_Name_ (12593 posts) - - Show Bio

Devin greyson needs to stop writing

#46 Posted by Nighthunter (28582 posts) - - Show Bio
aztek the lost said:
"Nighthunter said:
"Gaiman, Morrison, Rucka, Johns and Brubacker are gods among men compared to other writers (only one close enough is Simone)"
I was going to just edit your post but I didn't want to abuse my power :P"
lol Giman dodesn't write any current comic
#47 Posted by AtPhantom (14521 posts) - - Show Bio
Alexander Hillcrest said:
"AtPhantom said:
"...................I have no idea........................................



So tell me."
LOL.
Vance Astro is my central username.The other are for RPG's,one I made because I thought I was going to get banned,I made another as a homage to the first account I had here "Colt Python".It got banned.I use another just for my scans I keep all the scans in that gallery.I made this one for the f#ck of it.
"
Okay. Thanks for the info....
#48 Posted by Thespirit (120 posts) - - Show Bio

he's great, nuff said i loved arkham asylum

#49 Posted by Zoom (14668 posts) - - Show Bio
Vance Astro said:
"Pository.There is no one at DC better than Morrison."


Johns is a contender for that title as well but he's at the very least in the top two.


Final Crisis was kinda slow to start but I have faith that it'll be good when read front to back.  Killing Joke, Mogo Doesn't Socialize, X-Men, Swamp Thing, Animal Man.  Morrison has a magnificent body of work.  I'm sure a couple exist but I've never read a bad story by the guy.

#50 Posted by Zoom (14668 posts) - - Show Bio
Thespirit said:
"he's great, nuff said i loved arkham asylum"

How could I forget Arkham Asylum?  Another excellent story.

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