Posted by: Brian Hibbs on April 10, 2008
And today’s “Creator shelf” is Grant Morrison.
(I don’t know if this image link thing will work — first time I’ve tried it, but I’m linking from our own site, so I’m guessing it will?)
(That was a Thanksgiving window display we did several years ago. The art is by Christopher Hsiang)
But, actually, like most of the previous “creator shelf” entries, I won’t go with the obvious choice of DOOM PATROL (or ANIMAL MAN or THE INVISIBLES)(though if FLEX MENTALLO was in print, that would probably be the one…) for multi-volume series or THE FILTH or WE3 for single-volume picks, though each and every one of those is really excellent comics work!
No, trying to stay on the “obscure” side, I’ll side with THE MYSTERY PLAY, his graphic novel with Jon J. Muth.
A lot of complaints get levied against Morrison for being “obscure”, and, really, I get that too sometimes. Many is a time I read one of his books and I don’t QUITE get what’s going on, or what he’s trying to say or whatever — but I find THE MYSTERY PLAY (ironically) to be quite straight-forward and readable by nearly anyone.
It all starts with when an actor playing God in a small town play is murdered, and the detective investigating has a set of secrets of his own…
Saying anything more probably spoils the whole thing, but I found it eminently readable and clear, even though it has several different levels it is working on.
The art by Muth is absolutely lovely (though what of his isn’t?), and keeps the book absolutely grounded.
Want a GN you can pick up, read in an hour, and walk away thinking about for days? Here ya’ go, pal, THE MYSTERY PLAY.