SDCC ’16: Grant Morrison: The Transforming Power of Myth

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by Donald Powell

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Mukesh Singh

Anyone who has followed Grant Morrison knows that he loves to get his myth in.

No comics creator since Jack Kirby has pushed the transformational power of the super hero archetype, how it can serve as a metaphor to live by, and how it can be used as an empowering tool for the disenfranchised and marginalized more than Morrison. From his more edgy fare like The Invisibles and Doom Patrol to his award- winning and bestselling takes on Batman and Superman, Morrison has always managed to make the old feel invigorating and new; suffusing weird occult ideas and cosmic fisticuffs into a unique world view that is copied often but never duplicated. The Grant Morrison and Graphic India: Myth & Legends panel at SDCC served as testament to the comic legend’s body of work and unique world view.

Teaming up with Graphic India and continuing from his critically acclaimed 18 Days with artist Mukesh Singh, inspired by the The Mahabharata, Morrison pitched Avaterex: Destroyer of Darkness. It’s another series inspired by Indian tales which will serve as a launching point for other related titles linking a cohesive, stand-alone super hero universe just as Kirby and Lee created back in the 1960s. The major difference is that Morrison plans on making these super heroes not beholden to the ‘military entertainment complex’ like Batman and Superman.

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In addition to drawing inspiration from India for his new tales, Morrison spoke to his belief on how the Eastern worldview offers a unique spiritual sensibility that is not easily accessible in the Westeven cultures. In Morrison’s most audacious move, Avaterex: Destroyer of Darkness will be marketed in India, where he and Graphic India hope the tales are aspirational to some aspects of the Indian populace that have traditionally been socially marginalized.

It’s a bold idea, but one perfectly in keeping with the Glaswegian shaman’s constant urge to push the comics medium forward from adolescent power fantasies to transformational devices capable of changing the world.

Comments

  1. says

    Virigin had the same idea but do we know if they ever sell their comics to India after all?

    This aside, 18 days is one hell of a book, and so inexpensive ($3 for way more than 20p of story, best deal on the market!)

  2. pallas says

    This is a terrible article, completely absent of quotes from Morrison itself, as if the fanboy who wrote it took no notes, slept though half the panel, and filled the gap with rants about how “Morrison is the best you guys!!!”

    I will award bonus points for the fanboy commentary that Morrison “suffusing weird occult ideas and cosmic fisticuffs into a unique world view that is copied often but never duplicated”

    This cliche apparently comes from a 1927 add for wedding rings that are “Often imitated but never duplicated”. And much like Morrison’s hypothetical imitatiors, this imitation of convention coverage leaves much to be desired.

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