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    • CommentTimeDec 11th 2007
    Grant Morrison is weird, very weird, and good, very good. The first time I read something by him was what I think is one of the best comics ever made "The Filth". I didn't really understand it the first time I read it, and the second time through I only really begun to grasp it. Now, after rereading parts and spending long sleepless lost in thought can I begin to perhaps draw what I think Mr.Morrison was trying to say from the tangled web of story.

    I guess the biggest thing that comes across for me at least is about groups of people trying to force other groups into their way if thinking and acting whether they want to or not and no matter the results, good or bad. The other thing is something I guess a lot more people drew from it: Basically the need for dirt, filth, things that at first seem unsightly but are in fact needed.

    And finally: Did anyone know what the fuck the ending was about?
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    The ending?

    As I posted on another forum ages ago, I'm pretty sure I get the book, but it's hard to explain or define it for someone else without writing out an essay.

    I guess if anyone is really confused and doesn't mind some spoilers then there is this rather fascinating interview with Morrison about the series.

    But yeah, I'd kinda forgotten about The Filth lately. Now I'm going to have to go and give it another read.
    • CommentTimeDec 11th 2007
    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    I was not that impressed with "The Filth". It just did not have that energy or twisted realism that makes great comics like the ones by Vaughan ,Brubaker and Ellis so good. A lot of Morrisons stuff has it. His run on JLA made me actually like the JLA. It was definitly no Transmet.
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    The Filth is great - I see it as partly a commentary on modern Britain (strong Chris Morris influence, which I suspect the US readers wouldn't pick up on or get), partly a dark mirror to the relative optimism of The Invisibles.

    Yeah, the ending is a bit odd.
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    Greg Feeley is mad. His alter ego spytrip are his delusions made manifest and put on a conveyor belt of high speed paranoia and self-loathing with the backdrop of cheesy BBC sci-spy television shows and movies.

    In the end, Greg Feeley deconstructs his delusional world and recreates a new one replacing the self-loathing with a dignified acceptance at what and who is is and his role in society.

    I think it is a remarkably upbeat and positive book for such a miserable subject.

    This synopsis was brought to you by Chris.

    All hail Chris, Our Benevolent Overlord of Synopses!
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    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    Unsub: I have no idea why you're drawing unwarranted parallels with other writers, but the majority of Morrison's oeuvre, especially <em>The Filth</em>, is all about weirdness creeping into the ordinary. I honestly don't know how you can say it is lacking in energy. Not everything needs to involve the author beating you across the head. <em>Transmet</em> really isn't that great and certainly isn't Ellis' best, and I don't see why you're even comparing it to what Morrison is doing with his works.

    All of you should read <em>Flex Mentallo</em>.
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    Okay, let's try not to come off too superior here, people. "All of you should read..." proclamations can quickly make you look pretty silly, as can irrelevant comparisons with other writers who aren't working the same fields.
      CommentAuthorGreg SBB!
    • CommentTimeDec 12th 2007
    I loved The Filth and love all of Grant's work that I've read.

    However, I hold my had up and admit that I always feel I'm not quite clever enough to fully 'get' them (Doom Patrol being the one that most springs to mind).
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    I'm a bit thick. I've read odds and ends of Morrison's canon (now thats a tune!). I even remeber his work on ZOIDS. There are aspects I really like (Filth is excellent and confusing, Invisibles is spot on and Arkham was... interesting) but there are many I dislike (what is that whole comic-meme thing in Filth?).

    It's a similar view I have to David Lynch - indulgent, very clever and often beyond my comprehension.

    Maybe I'm just dumb?
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