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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (7 Jan. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1563897024
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563897023
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 1.2 x 25.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By on 26 May 2001
Format: Paperback
The Invisibles oscillate between material reality and the worlds of thought and idea; a group of existential freedom fighters with crazy code names like Jack frost, Boy (who's a girl) Queen Mob and a transvestite shaman from Brazil called Lord Fanny, who's origin is revealed in this volume.
Together the secret cell of The Invisibles: violent, bloody, weird and just plain strange fight for freedom again otherworld beings who seek to quash the imagination and turn the many into the one!
The writer loves dialogue and each character is delieniated by the way he or she speaks, together they are trying to both express their own freedom and yet hold reality together as it slips and slides through their minds like a kalidoscope dream. Time travel, sexual innuendo and magical symbolisim bleed together into a whole reading experience that resonantes with a meaning that is meaningful, but somehow, never quite understandable. This makes it a book worth reading again and again. Go for it, once read you'll be hooked.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Mar. 2001
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This book contains issues 9-16 of the Invisibles volume 1, Morrisson's seminal comic book/spell. After a shaky start to the series, sales were down and DC comics were threatening to cancel. Morrisson urged his readers to join in an occult experiment involving sigil magic and something that teenage boys do a lot of.... This experiment may have worked (the book ran for another 47 issues) or it could be that the readership began to understand the multilayered plot that was unfolding in the stories contained in this collection.
The Invisibles are an activist cell that appear to use magic and all other kinds of subversion to battle the forces of total control and submission. Five members; two men, two women and a transexual, this collection concentrates on the magickal initiation of Lord Fanny (born male, but raised a witch in Brasil)which started as a child, but (s)he has yet to complete. If she fails, then the Invisibles are finished.
Also contains valuble background stories illuminating the Ultimate Conspiracy. Essential reading, you won't be able to wait for the series finale.
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Continuation of one of the finest Comicstrip/ Graphic novel myth scene (about a global conspiracy - and much more)
GREAT Characters, both 'Good' and 'Bad' and understandable reasons for each sides actions - Beautifully written by the inimitable scot Grant Morrison - one of the worlds finest in his field.

This is the kind of purchase you simply cannot regret buying!!!
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1 of 38 people found the following review helpful By on 9 April 2001
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This book though a collection of one of the finest modern series is just not up to it. There is no narrative, which is not really anything to complain about, but the stories themselves are rubbish. I believe this book was released in order that people who buy comic books will buy it, why is this industry becoming so commercial, putting so many books out that just further lower people's expectations. Please don't get me wrong I'm not some kind of comic book purist, but sorry, DC/Vertigo its all your fault.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
True Grit 20 Jun. 2005
By Lukas Jackson - Published on
Format: Paperback
A few years ago I read a bunch of Invisibles books, but somehow always missed this one. I might have stayed away because of the femme cover/title, and the inside art is all over the place quality-wise.

I'm wishing that I had picked it up sooner, though, because the storylines here are among the best in the series, and maybe in comicdom. One story I loved: yuppies at a pharmaceutical company distribute a crack that kills the bodies of users and leaves them as empty vessels for the yuppies to "joy ride." Another: the back story of Lord Fanny and her psychosexual "spirit quest" to become a transsexual witch.

For those who haven't been exposed to The Invisibles, you need to check this series out. I find it more twisted, more compelling, and more fringe than any of the other series I've read, including Transmetropolitan and Preacher. In fact, this is light-years beyond anything published in drab-text "Literature."
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The Invisibles, Book 2: Apocalipstick 15 Mar. 2005
By Joe Kenney - Published on
Format: Paperback
Book 2 of the Invisibles picks right up from Book 1's cliffhanger ending: Dane, one of his fingers chopped off by the sadistic (and demonic) Orlando, has taken flight, and the Invisibles have to find him. Unfortunately, heavily-armed "Myrmidons" have surrounded them, and what follows is the first all-out action scene since the very beginning of Book 1.

After this, things slow down a little, as creator/writer Grant Morrison "opens up" the world of the Invisibles. Even though we still don't know much about our main characters (King Mob, Boy, Ragged Robin, Lord Fanny), Morrison introduces new people to the fold, and we see how the exploits of the Invisibles affect the rest of the world.

First we are introduced to one of the more monstrous creatures ever witnessed in mass media entertainment, something that just might be the next king of England. Then we meet Jim Crow, an Invisible witch doctor who's both a world-famous rapper and a host for sacrifice-hungry voodoo spirits. And finally we are given one of the best single-issue stories in the series, "Best Man Fall," which, despite its seeming insignificance to the larger story, possesses more heart and emotion than any other in the series' history. A nonlinear narrative, this story shows how the "other side" works, and for once we see how our "heroes" (King Mob in particular) could just as easily be seen as "the bad guys." This is a great story, and worth the price of Book 2 alone.

The book closes out with a story arc that revolves around transvestite shaman Lord Fanny, in which we see his/her initiation as a young boy into the world of the supernatural. At the same time, the forces of darkness close in on the Invisibles in the present, and the two storylines merge into a narrative that defies the laws of the time/space continuum.

This arc is the first glimmerings of Morrison's grander scheme with the series; whereas before the Invisibles worked on an us-versus-them mentality, now we slowly begin to see that there are larger ideas at play. The volume ends with a story showing where Jack went, after his escape in the book's opening story, and finalizes his character arc from defiant loner to full-fledged Invisible.

The artwork is again split among various artists, with my favorite being Chris Weston in the Jim Crow story (Weston later became the regular artist, after Phil Jimenez's run on the title). Jill Thompson turns in the first story, capping off her run that began in Book 1, and she returns with the Lord Fanny arc, with a few one-off artists filling in on the other stories. Again, the artwork is nowhere near the level of Morrison's writing, but it's not terrible. In fact, the art takes second place to the writing in the Invisibles, because this isn't "just" a comic book: the Invisibles is subversive literature of the highest order.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Something special this way comes 10 Mar. 2003
By Kevin RE Watts - Published on
Format: Paperback
Apocalipstick, oh so cleverly named, is the second book of Grant Morrison's Invisibles series. After the drearily necessary Acadia story arc, these short stories are really what this series needed.
There are some real great single issues, particularly the Best Man's Fall, a story told through the eyes of a military peon.
The main arc, Apocalipstick, centers on Lord Fanny, the transvestite member of the Invisibles. I have to say, this is great stuff, all of the craziness seems rooted in reality, and makes the comic much more human and reasonable.
Morrison's characters are fleshed out in these stories, and these stories show a real desire on his part to get on track and tell some great stories. One of Morrison's weaknesses is to get too lost in the details, but that doesn't happen here.
A real enjoyable read, highly recommended.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A good continuation of the Invisibles saga 14 April 2001
By Dave Thomer - Published on
Format: Paperback
I didn't find this book to be as mind-blowingly delightful as "Say You Want a Revolution," but it's still darned good reading -- plenty of madcap ideas from the mind of Grant Morrison. (If you haven't read "Revolution," you really should before you read this book, since "Apocalipstick" is the second collection of the first volume of the comic series.) There are a couple of standalone stories that do a great job to set up the larger world in which the main characters operate. They may seem like interludes or digressions, but they're really the heart and soul of this book. The longer arc that returns to the main plot -- inasmuch as The Invisibles can be said to have a main plot -- is good, but I think it suffers in comparison to the 'Arcadia' arc from "Revolution." It does do a good job of exploring the background of one of the main characters, though. The book also has a lot of different artists, and as a result it shifts in tone and style a number of times. More consistency might have been a benefit, but it does increase the chance you'll find something you like.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
best series in graphic novel history 30 May 2012
By moria dew - Published on
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I'm a huge grant Morrison fan and I think this is his best work. this volume is great but you really have to read the series as a whole to understand any of it, and maybe read it a couple times over to really understand it.(trust me, if you read it once you will want to read it again) If your looking for a series for your kid you may want to hold off on this until they are at least 14. it's pretty adult themed (sex drugs and violence) and I don't think a young kid would like it much anyway.

However if your looking for a graphic novel that makes you think about the world around you, sucks you in to it's reality and makes you question your reality this is the one for you. but like i said, to truly understand it start with volume one.

this series is the pinnacle of Grant Morrisons' psychedelic phase before he was big in DC so if you've been reading his more recent stuff don't expect super hero antics. It's not as disturbing as the Filth but it has it's moments so if you can't stomach a little violence and some hard hitting social commentary it's not for you. With that said I think this is a must have for any serious adult graphic novel fans collection.
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