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The Invisibles Omnibus Hardcover – Aug 28 2012

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  • Hardcover: 1536 pages
  • Publisher: Vertigo (Aug. 28 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401234593
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401234591
  • Product Dimensions: 19.1 x 8 x 28.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 4.3 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #50,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Grant Morrison has been working with DC Comics for twenty years, after kicking off his American comics career with acclaimed runs on ANIMAL MAN and DOOM PATROL. Since then he has written such best-selling series as JLA, BATMAN and New X-Men, as well as such creator-owned titles as THE INVISIBLES, SEAGUY, THE FILTH and WE3. In recent years Morrison has been hard at work expanding the DC Universe in titles ranging from the Eisner Award-winning titles SEVEN SOLDIERS and ALL-STAR SUPERMAN to the weekly 52 to the reality-shattering, multiverse-spanning epic that is FINAL CRISIS. In his secret identity, Morrison is a "counterculture" spokesperson, a musician, an award-winning playwright and a chaos magician. He lives and works between Los Angeles and his homes in Scotland.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dpettt on Sept. 9 2013
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This book is amazingly huge, not only in its physical size but in its true depth and scope. An essential read for comic and fiction fans alike, it takes ones consciousness to the outer limits. The content of this work is at times quite gritty snd recommended for marure readers. in this tome, Grant Morrison has truly done all the research, providing us with endless challenges to what we think we know. The actual quality of the binding and paper are unsurpassed in any trade comics I have read previously, and I am sure it will last for years through the dozens of re-reads it will take to grasp the layers of symbol and art meshed into each page.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tristan on Nov. 17 2014
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This is Grant Morrison unleashed. If you want to know what's going on in Morrison's mind and get an awesome, mind bending story. This is your book!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S.G.S TOP 500 REVIEWER on Sept. 26 2012
Format: Hardcover
Honestly I have read 2 issues of this series sitting at my desk today. While that in no way qualifies me to review the story contained, it does allow me to express my excitiment for what these 2 single issues have presented this reader with. All I can say is I can't wait to see this unfold. Its never a thoughtless purchase when a comic will run you $100. When this came out a few weeks ago I researched the hell out of the content, and it certainly sounded like something a Morrison fan should read. If you are interestd in this I would advise you to head on over the .COM side of Amazon and check out the numerous glowing reviews of this story. There isnt much negative by anyone. Being a Morrison fan certainly helps of course, and I got a great deal on this book so I through caution into the wind I splurged.

If you have ever owned a DC omnibus you have certainly complained about gutter loss, glued binding, paper stock, and its overall shotty production compared to Marvel's Omnibus line. This has been the never ending complaint of DC omnibus reviewers and Youtubers for a year or more. Well DC seems to have corrected this large error in production, and have presented us with a Omnibus that opens easily with no gutter loss. This may come as news to some, but over the past 6 months or so starting with the The New Teen Titans Omnibus Vol. 2DC has made serious strides to fix this rather large oversight.

Eitherway I own a number fo DC and Marvel Omnibuses and while some have great production and others not so much.
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142 of 144 people found the following review helpful
THE INVISIBLES OMNIBUS - This is how the World should End Aug. 30 2012
By Bruno M - Published on
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The Invisibles Omnibus collects every single issue and short story of the series:

- The Invisibles #1 to 25
- The Invisibles (2nd series) #1 to 22
- The Invisibles (3rd series) #12 to 1 (that's right, it was published in "countdown" order)

- Absolute Vertigo (a 6-pages Invisibles short story)
- Vertigo: Winter's Edge #1 (an 8-pages Invisibles short story)

(Winter's Edge and Absolute Vertigo were anthology specials with multiple short-stories, only the Invisibles ones are included, as the rest of them are completely unrelated to the book).

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How to sum-up The Invisibles? In its core, The Invisibles is about a motley crew of rebels fighting by any means necessary to liberate humanity from the domination that was unconsciously imposed upon us by extra-dimensional entities. Magic, conspiracy theories, Manichaeism, Eschatology, tantric sex, alien abductions, ultra-violence, time travel, consciousness-expansion, fashion and memes are among many of the key themes in the series. Think of The Matrix on psychedelic drugs and much more complex (The Invisibles is in fact regarded as a major influence to the Wachowski brothers' film and many parallelis between both works can be drawn).

Grant Morrison is a very controversial author and this is arguably his most personal and complex work. Some people describe it as an avant-garde masterpiece, while others think of it as unintelligible and pretentious drug-induced junk. I'm afraid this is a love-it-or-hate-it book, with no shades of grey in between, so it's quite a risky buy to say the least.

My review will focus on the edition of this Omnibus title and the different kind of readers it may appeal to, rather than the story itself. There are lots of very helpful reviews, both positive and negative, that you can find in this site (The Invisibles was originally collected as 7 softcover books, and each one of them has many reviews right here in Amazon).

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If are an avid collector, you should definitely get this book. This are probably his most "sacred scriptures" collected in the best deluxe presentation available.

Beware, this is an expensive book and you're buying it at your own risk. The Invisibles is quite different from Morrison's most mainstream (but also excellent) works like New X-Men, Batman, JLA or All-Star Superman. If you enjoyed those books chances are you may like The Invisibles also, but Morrison writes his more "personal" stuff differently from his super-hero works, these are more demanding and radical writings, sometimes you'll read and have no idea what's going on, but when you advance with the reading (and with later subsequent re-readings) more pieces of the puzzle will fit into place. That's one of the main attractive aspects of Morrison's stories, but also one of their most repellent factor sometimes.

If you've never read any Morrison book before, unless you're a reader that is really into the heavy occult/sci-fi/conspiracy/counter-culture stuff, I'm not sure this title is the best way to be introduced to his work. While The Invisibles is a stand-alone book, I also think it's the culmination of ideas and concepts that Morrison had been working for years before in other titles. I can tell you from my personal experience that having read his Animal Man, Doom Patrol and JLA runs before getting to The Invisibles prepared me to embrace and enjoy better the complex narrative and ideas of this book. Or you can always buy the much cheaper softcover edition that collects the first issues to get a taste of the title, and if you get hooked then go for this Omnibus.

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- One of the best aspects of The Invisibles is that this series allows for multiples readings, so if you like it, this is one book you'll find yourself re-reading many times. This is a great additional value to me, because not only I get a deluxe edition and an excellent comic, but also lots of hours of enjoyment and entertainment for my money.

- One of the most negative aspects of this series is the inconsistency in the art, as it comprises a lot of different artists. Some of them are great, like Phil Jiménez, Chris Weston or Frank Quitely, but there are too many different artistic styles and that doesn't make any good to the book. In this case, the diversity of artists is not a positive thing, in fact it's distracting and off-putting sometimes.

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This Omnibus is definitely gorgeous, with a very solid sewn-binding that makes the book lay flat on the table (quite like the Marvel Omnibus editions) and allows for a comfortable reading (that is, for a monstrous 1500-plus pages book, of course!). This looks like the kind of book that will last for a lifetime: the high quality sewn-binding seems to be able to sustain multiple readings without any risk of damaging it. However, this books is stiffer to open than the Marvel Omnibuses. Marvel Omnis feature more flexible bindings, thus making the reading experience a bit more comfortable. The gutter loss in this book is almost nonexistant, even in the middle pages, so the art can be fully appreciated.

The paper stock is heavy weight and glossy, you don't see the art through the pages. The printing quality is great as well, with pristine reproductions of the multiple artists' work. I'm also very pleased with the overall design of the book: the new cover by Brian Bolland looks great and the design of both the dustjucket and the hardcover under it look amazing. The interior design is very well-done too.

This edition includes a 2-pages introduction by Gerard Way, vocalist of My Chemical Romance. At the end of the book, a section of 54 pages of extras is also included, ranging from Morrison's original series proposal to character design sketches, the logo and multiple cover design processes, original pencilled pages and a selection of Morrison's essays from the Invisible Ink section originally published in the monthly issues. However the letters pages are not included, I understand that their inclusion would have made this beast of a book even bigger, but it's a shame nonetheless.

EDIT: I've uploaded a bunch of images so you can see this beautiful book in detail.
26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Finally-- A DC Omnibus you can open Aug. 29 2012
By a reader - Published on
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The material speaks for itself. It's The Invisibles, it's every bit of the pre-millenial masterwork. The big news, and what I was waiting to learn, was whether this volume would follow suit with DC's other omnibuses, which unlike Marvels have been poorly bound, difficult to open, and lost lots of art to gutters. The Invisibles isn't quite as well-bound as Marvel's omnibuses, but it is much, much better than DC's others. Appears to be a mix of glue and sewn binding, but it opens well, and even at the dead middle of this immense volume, the pages lay flat.

Now give us a Doom Patrol Omnibus--
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
A cult classic Oct. 1 2012
By M. T. Aragao - Published on
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The Invisibles would have been so talked as Alan Moore's Wacthmen if had have been less complex. But the complexity of the plot is exactly what makes the Grant Morrison's masterpiece so special. There are time-travel, multiples universes (always present in Morrison's works), tons of pop culture, sexual themes and crazy philosophy, everything mixed up in the most unusual way.
The story begins with a boy revolt against the system, and so all takes global proportions. The way that simple things of the day life are explained through the point of view of the crazy conspiracy is wonderful. The complexity of the whole thing is the "cherry of the cake" (and, unfortunately, what keeps some readers apart). But don't be afraid of the story because all makes sense (you just won't find boxes explaining what happened - you'll have to figure out!).
Although the plot is so magical, the art is a controversial point. Grant Morrison wanted to change the artist on every arc. The idea was very good, but don't works every time. In the second volume of the book (there are 3), Phil Jimenez assume the pencil in almost every issues. However, despite the highs and lows, the art have some great moments and in the end works pretty good.
The edition is really very good. Hardcover, good paper, wonderful extras, everything is there.
So, if you always wanted to know what "The Invisibles" is, or if you appreciate time-travel, multiples universe, different super heroes stories and want something that will keep you thinking about after you finish: this is a musthave! This is a classic ... the best type of classics, a cult classic.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A Great Series Collected Jan. 4 2013
By Royland Odell Owens - Published on
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In 1995 someone at a bookstore suggested I read the first Invisible series and I took them up on that offer although the series was more than halfway into it's initial run.

I was still into superhero comics and was at that the time going through the Bad Girl phase in comics, so Vertigo comics were still kind of taboo to me.

After reading the first volume of Garth Ennis' wonderful Preacher series I learned two things: 1) Vertigo Comics were not that bad and 2) I was an adult now, so the exploits of the X-Men were not as entertaining as they were when I was a kid.

The Invisibles started their second run, so I was able to jump on and get what was going on without skipping a beat. By now the first trade paperback (Say You Want A Revolution) was now available to own and I snatched it up and was very entertained by it. Pretty soon all the trades from the initial series were available and I was all smiles.

I initially bought this omnibus for collector value but opened it because I want to experience it's conspiracies all over again (It has almost been 20 years).

I like the quality of the paper it's been reprinted on and the sewn binding lets me know that it will last long.

You really should try this omnibus because Grant Morrison is a great writer and is surrounded by a great array of artists.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
All Issues in one big fat book! Feb. 11 2013
By A. Rahtz - Published on
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My husband and I loved the Invisibles when it came out- and this is even better. Re-read this awesome collection without having to dig all your comic books out of storage. It is about 6 inches thick, so it is big and heavy, but worth it to have everything in one place.