The Filth Paperback – 23 Jul 2004
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"Quite simply unique, and it's not often you can say that about any work of fiction these days." -- Go! magazine, 1 October 2004, review by Matt Adams
"THE FILTH is the best thing Morrison has ever written. It's a bold work, deliberately confusing and boldly vertiginous. " -- Tim O' Neil The Comics Journal, February 2004
'Tortuous but oddly compelling...: -- Lincolnshire Echo Feb 1st 2005
Literate, subversive and even darkly erotic... Steeped in twisted violence and the very blackest of humour. -- Forum, Vol 38, No. 12, 2004
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A graphic novel which is confusing,stimulating,terrifying. hilarious and uplifting.
Through a sad sack loner who is obsessed with his cat(autobiographical echoes of Morrison's own life here!), the reader is introduced to "the Hand" a reality police force,clearing up threats to existence itself....but what do they really represent? And what is reality?
Readers familiar with Morrison's wonderful "Doom Patrol"," Animal Man" and "The Invisibles" will be on home territory here,while the casual reader may find themselves thoroughly confused. This work is dense,allusive and mind-expanding and is nowhere near as easy to follow as Morrison himself thinks..But,by God,it's thought-provoking,beautifully drawn by the magnificent Chris Weston and will resonate for weeks after reading. This work,perhaps more than any other,repays careful rereading and consideration.
Ignore the grudging response of much of the comics community. This is a challenging and complex work,but it is very worthwhile.The sexual and violent content,whilst disturbing in many ways,is neither gratuitous nor pointless,and the message of the work is empowering and positive.
Another meaning of "Filth" is the manure that makes flowers grow, and this compelling and difficult graphic novel makes the flowering of new concepts and ideas possible.
Recommended to all open-minded readers, willing to work hard to explore the limits of reality.
And that should include YOU!!
So, this could be infuriating if what you are looking forward to is a simple narrative where good guys kick butt, or even a less simple narrative where everything is horribly complicated but at least you understand how all the parts fit together to produce a greater whole. But then again, what ideas they are. Gilbert and George images brought to life; a man whose official spokesperson is a woman who has been subjected to surgery so invasive that she is now simply a highly concupiscent automaton; extremely ambitious nanobots; mind-reading toupees; the 'paperverse' of superhero comics, whence characters can emerge into our world; chemically induced alter-egos leading to weird existential debates about which is the real personality; and so on.
So okay, loads of brilliant ideas. What about the novel as a whole? Well, this is my theory, and Grant Morrison may disagree, but here goes. In my opinion what we have here is almost the raw material for making a graphic novel.Read more ›
So far, so relatively conventional. But this brief outline barely scratches the surface layer of the metaphysical - and metafictional - fantasy that Morrison spins from his secret-agent and secret-identity scenario. Is The Hand real, or is Feely a sad little man undergoing a psychotic breakdown? Is hard-boiled 'Ned Slade' more or less authentic than cat-loving 'Greg Feely'? How far is our sense of identity merely a satisfying story - and if so, who is writing that story?
'The Filth' is complex, funny and scabrous, and not for the faint-hearted. You should read it, if for no other reason, to make the acquaintance of Dmitri-9: enhanced ape, foul-mouthed dope-smoking former cosmonaut and sometime presidential assassin. He's just one of a whole gallery of memorable, original figures that Morrison throws around with reckless prodigality.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Paperback printing of this book is bizarrely shoddy, unlike anything else I've had from Vertigo (who I'm normally a fan of). Read morePublished 17 months ago by Mike Beales
as usual Vertigo used a newsprint paper. the colors look muddy. it is hard to read such a bad quality book.Published on 17 Sept. 2013 by Evzenie Reitmayerova
I literally just opened my brand new copy of The Filth, and instantly heard a crack. That was the glue. Read morePublished on 1 Oct. 2012 by Sindre
This is right up there with my favourite comic books; Grant Morrison has created an awesome, bizarre world in this book. In a way it reminds me of cult TV show The Prisoner. Read morePublished on 24 Aug. 2012 by J Witts
A scenario: Shaven-headed sequential art auteur, Grant Morrison, reads Anthony Burgess' A Clockwork Orange.. Read morePublished on 28 Jan. 2012 by Greywolf
This book tells the tale of a middle aged bachelor with a cat who finds out that he's actually part of a secret inter-dimensional police force called "The Hand". Read morePublished on 5 Jun. 2011 by N. Ives
Simply put this book is UNBELIVABLE. Excellent piece of writing, magnificent graphics and a brilliant story. Read morePublished on 10 Feb. 2011 by Bucur Radu Daniel
I don't get it.
I doubt that this is an uncommon reaction to the book among non-fans of Grant Morrison's work. Read more
I read this and I can stay it stands well out there on it's own. I am amazed this work exists at all, I say that because its the most dense and strange and funny and disturbing... Read morePublished on 13 Mar. 2010 by 12345!