In 2019 Shelfdust asked over a hundred comic book critics, podcasters, vloggers and commentators to pick their personal, subjective favourite ‘first’ comic book issues of all time. From their choices we counted down the top fifty entries, which you can find here! But we’re not leaving it there. Now the list is over and we know which comics made the list, we’ve invited critic and podcaster Matt Lune to host a weekly show right here on Shelfdust! Each week Matt will be sitting down with a different comic critic to look at every comic which charted into the top fifty, one issue at a time.
This week brings a psychedelic revolution, as we look at the comic which came in 40th place: The Invisibles #1 by Grant Morrison, Steve Yeowell, Daniel Vozzo and Clem Robins.
Following their time together on Zenith, readers could be forgiven for thinking that they knew what to expect from the team of Grant Morrison and Steve Yeowell when they paired again for a new series at Vertigo. Yet whilst that sense of political subversion continues onwards from their earlier work, The Invisibles is far more forceful than anybody could have predicted. It’s at once a celebration of anarchy and an attack on the dulling down of society, and Matt is joined by special guest august (in the wake of) dawn to talk all about it!
Please note this podcast was recorded in 2020, and Grant Morrison’s pronouns are they/them.
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Come back next week….. as Matt will be talking about Monstress #1 with Samantha Puc!
august (in the wake of) dawn is a writer and critic often seen writing for websites like Multiversity, as well as for their Patreon subscribers – you can pledge here! You can also find them on Twitter here!
Matt Lune is a critic and podcaster who has written for publications including PanelXPanel, The MNT and Multiversity. You can find him on Twitter here!
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I enjoyed the discussion, but have a different context for The Invisibles. It’s hard for me not to see it as The Illuminatus! Trilogy, now starring Jerry Cornelius. I’m 8 months older than Grant, but it’s no surprise he was precocious. None of this invalidates the comics, but their powerful influences are worth considering.