Go read The Invisibles!
Drinking game: every time you catch an instance of me clearly having copied The Invisibles in my own life, drink.
Grant Morrison, here.
I think that’s the interview I once labeled as the best Grant Morrison interview ever done. Don’t remember. Maybe!
At the beginning of the first episode of True Detective, Cohle says "This is gonna happen again. Or it’s happened before. Both."
The opening line of The Invisibles: “And so we return and begin again.”
Everything that’s come up in True Detective about the nature of time is straight out of Invisibles.
I wonder whether True Detective’s take on the King in Yellow will have anything in common with the Invisibles’s take (which, as seen in that link, inspired one of my favorite lines of the series).
Nic Pizzolatto, creator of “True Detective”.
And it shows. All that talk about four-dimensional time from the last episode was straight out of The Invisibles (or most Grant Morrison interviews). And Invisibles also incorporated the King in Yellow.
Even before I saw this quote and even aside from the Invisibles similarities, I thought True Detective felt a lot like a comic. The way it steps away from its apparent genre into philosophical tangents about the nature of reality— it’s classic ’90s Vertigo gobbledygook. The whole thing feels like a comic I would’ve read and loved in 1996.
Between this and the upcoming Preacher series, it looks like TV has finally caught up with ’90s Vertigo.
From Doom Patrol by Grant Morrison.
There’s this other quote I can’t track down where he’s like, yeah, Superman’s powerful, Batman’s the shit, but there’s stuff they can’t deal with, not because they’re weak, but because it makes no sense and would drive them insane. And that was what the Doom Patrol were for.
I remembered this because I was thinking about a time I talked a guy on shrooms through a really bad trip, and then thought about a couple of times I talked people through panic attacks, and I wondered if maybe the Doom Patrol’s mission statement could work as a mission statement for me too. I can’t do what Superman and Batman can do, but I can go places they don’t know how to.
EDIT: Found the other quote! “Suddenly they said to me, ‘Do you want to do the world’s strangest superheroes?’ And i thought, well, let’s do it like they genuinely are the world’s strangest superheroes. It’s a comic like no other. This is the shit Superman can’t deal with, or the Justice League, or Batman, any of them. It takes lunatics.”