"You know what I think? I think you want to be dead because looking at life makes you realise what you're missing. Only a bitter little adolescent boy could confuse realism with pessimism."
One of my favourite quotes and one I wish the comics industry had taken to heart.
I've always thought Doom Patrol but I didn't know so many others agreed.
Everything that's great about Morrison colliding in one run with a great balance that keeps any of his one elements from going too far
It's a shot at comics in general. Flex Mentallo came out in, what, 94, 95? That was when the industry was still in the Grim 'n' Gritty phase of things. Yes, that was kickstarted by Watchmen (and Dark Knight Returns) but that's beside the point. A lot of Morrison's work is on the deeply optimistic side. Even stuff like The Filth ends with the potential for better things. If anyone believes in fighting through the darkness towards the light, it's Morrison. That quote just reflects it: reality isn't all-depressing all the time and thinking that makes your art more 'meaningful' is just self-indulgent bullshit you need to grow out of.
>and Dark Knight Returns
I let out an audible laugh when I first saw Flex's parody of the TDKR cover
It wasn't started by anyone and also the thing about the comic people point to by Alan Moore at the time as being the inciting incident has a pretty positive outlook on the world all things considered.
You're right in that issue 3 is focusing on flex dealing with the (then present) dark age of comics, but you're crazy if you don't think that cover is parodying the TDKR cover
Read it at /co/s behest after repeated failed attempts to get into Morrison's work. It's now the only Omnibus I own.
Fuck, this is one of the worst ends I've seen in comics
>What is his best comic?
His best comic?
But OP, there was only ever ONE comic.
Guys, what if Morrison is writing this thread?
I honestly think it could be his run on Batman.
Batman and Robin.
Good fucking memories.
Quality choice mate.
Especially Zatanna and Klarion.
I can't believe we forgot about that.
It's probably his most underrated work. It hardly ever gets mentioned here but it's probably the best comic book mega-series ever made. Probably, I don't know, I haven't read any others. All I know is that it's a fantastic work.
The Zatanna mini is probably the best Zee story ever made. Required reading for Zatanna.
His work on batman and superman are character defining and letters of love, but are somehow too big to be considered the best since it depends of too much stuff non/morrison related. But yeah it's great. I would include gothic.
This is my absolute favorite
The problem with his Batman run is half the art in it is bad and the other half is really good.
Which is why while fun on the first read is barely ever worth going back to as a whole.
It's pretty fucked that they got Tony Daniels to do the art for a lot of his run, particularly the first third of it or so, while Morrison was writing Batman. Tony Daniels is such a mediocre, generic artist.
Well unless your memory is bad and you forget parts of it. In that case though I wouldn't go back and read all of it(being just the Morrison Batman stuff the dumb flowchart /co/ made is ridiculous and needless).
There is rarely enough time to read comics with art that is not good once (but sometimes there are reasons) there is no time to do it more than once.
I always thought that this bit of Animal Man was so strange because to have Morrison's stand-in for the author argue for wiping continuity is so antithetical to everything else he does.
specifically the stuff before Batman & Robin
Tony Daniel is a boring artist as is the Kubert brother who does a chunk of that stuff.
Andy Clarke is pretty boring too he is in there somewhere I think after Stewart??
Some of the artist choices on RoBW are just sloppy, and then by the time Inc rolled around I felt like while the art was great the momentum after The Return and RoBW and B&R was out and I was slowly slipping out.
It just meandered along for much too long.
Batman inc maintained as one of DC's best sellers even after the New 52 reboot; it still maintained for 14 issues after Flashpoint. I doubt Morrison intended it to go on that much longer.
Lets post our personal Seven Soldiers minis ranks without being complete dicks to each other because we all loves comics
>1. Klarion the Witch Boy
>2. Shining Knight
>5. Manhattan Guardian
>7. Mister Miracle
Miracle is the only one I think had major problems but that was because the shitty art and because he didn't have enough space to do the New Gods justice. Fixed that in Final Crisis though.
I don't know if I can rank them much at all, although I'd say that Mr. Miracle was probably the worst of them, despite me being really into the New Gods. It does kinda work as a precursor to Final Crisis though. I still liked it a lot but it really is probably the worst of them.
The rest were all amazing, although the best were probably Bulleteer, maybe Klarion and Frankenstein too. Zee's was fantastic of course.
It might just be because it was the first comic of his that I read and I'm biased, but Arkham Asylum is just fantastic and imo should be listed among TDKR, Year One, and Killing Joke as one of the great late-80s Batman comics.
Seven Soldiers is ridiculously good. I didn't think I'd like the Frankenstein stuff, but it was as on-point as the rest of it.
One of my favorite Zatanna stories, and I really enjoyed the Bulleteer and Guardian minis as well, considering I didn't know much about either character/prior versions thereof.