Part Memoir and part examination of the growth of the comic book industry this book is comprehensive. Although, one would have to have an interest in Morrison's specific career to get through this. But he's one of comic's best writers so that shouldn't be an issue for most with an interest in this subject.
this is a kind of personal history of comics. on the whole, it is a fun trip down memory lane (for us older comic book fans). in parts funny, personal and insightful,, but you'll also have to forgive Morrison for his occasional self promotion and polemic.
Grant Morrison is a legend. This book is the summation, in his own words, of his years of hard earned wisdom in the comic book storytelling field. He's delightfully engaging and his book is a must read for all those serious about comics fandom.
Copyright does not protect the idea for a game
This book is clever and fun. The comic history stuff from the 90s to present is amazing. The battles with Lord Alan epic. The early history whacky and fun. A great read.
The chapters are miss numbered on audible & the narration lacks the beatnick enthusiasm Morrison posses--but still fun and in keeping with the story
A fine listen.
Gentleman Person. Cardigan Champion. Hobbyist Enthusiast.
YES, Morrison is so smart, his ideas are dense yet well delivered, I could listen a half dozen times and still be totally engaged.
Morrison's take on the importance of certain characters and why they have endured or faded, why they were important than and now.
I like Grant's child like quality at times
you get to find out what he was thinking what he wrote what he wrote and why.
when he writes Arkham .
I like that he had the balls to kill big names in his books
when he talks about the Superman and X-men titles and their 9/11 links.......creepy, get those books its cool as hell just to see them in that light.
Say something about yourself!
What I expected: I don't like to write reviews based on my dashed expectations of a book, but I feel like I was led on a little bit here. Look at the very long title. I cannot be faulted in expecting a book that examines the cultural relevance of superheroes and how they have enriched the world.
What I got: While I did get a little bit of cultural history, everything seemed to be based on how they related to the author. The book is mostly autobiography: how the great comics of the past made Grant Morrison a great writer, and how Grant Morrison's great writing made the comics of today great.
Morrison's writing is indeed very good, and I know he believes all of his ideas will change the world. Still, I'd rather marvel at the miraculous feats of imaginary heroes.
Ex-military high school math teacher.
I thought this would be more of a philosophical, sociological and anthropological look into the world of comics. It was only partly so. The tangents into the author's own life and his years of finding himself in the fever of drugs and his own sexual identity did nothing but detract from the book.
I'm headed for the escapism of fiction. I have read nine of the Jim Butcher Dresden Files, and enjoyed every one of them. Number ten sounds like it too will be a winner.
Narration was fine.
Yes, it has some great historical and sociological aspects as the author walks his readers through the decades of comics and describes the changes they have gone through as influenced by an ever changing society.
Say something about yourself!
At last I have proof of just how screwed up Grant Morrison really is! This is a fascinating look at the history of superheroes (and the drugs that inspired them) from his own twisted perspective.