Review: The Invisibles Vol. 1: Say You Want a Revolution

The Invisibles Vol. 1: Say You Want a RevolutionThe Invisibles Vol. 1: Say You Want a Revolution by Grant Morrison
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Okay, let’s be honest and up-front about this. The first volume of ‘Invisibles’ is not exactly brilliant. Oh, it has some nice ideas, like the windmill time-machine, and the recurrent use of the image of gas-masked figures. But, but, but the problem is that this volume is basically about establishing the character of Jack Frost, and as a person Jack sucks.

I think he’s probably meant to be the ultimate free spirit, but what he actually is is the ultimate in selfishness, someone who will take anything from anyone, but will never give, and who automatically assumes that everyone else is as unpleasant as he is.

Now, given that, as the book centres on him, it’s not entirely surprising that it’s a bit hard to get through. Which is a shame, as some of the other characters – King Mob and his band – are actually quite good fun. And there’s one reason to keep going: things get much better in The Invisibles Vol. 2: Apocalipstick. So stick with it and don’t be put off the other volumes in the saga!

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