Grant Morrison's Invisibles is the ultimate conspiracy epic, tying together every urban myth and every Illuminati-inspired wacko plot, into the story Naomi Klein was too scared and/or uninspired to tell you. And as if that's not enough, it's not just a story; Morrison's intent was that it would act as a kind of magical virus, reprogramming the mind of anyone who read it by stripping out all the false assumptions they've been fed from birth. The strangest thing is, he succeeded. The Invisibles has been collected into seven books, of which The Invisible Kingdom is the conclusion; in other words, it's not a good starting point. For that, there's the secret history of London in Say You Want a Revolution, or the Matrix-inspiring wire-fu lunacy of Bloody Hell in America. But this is where it all comes together. This is where, having learned about the Invisible Order fighting to free the world from their Conspiracy enemies, it becomes apparent that everything wasn't that simple.
Oscillating between a 1970s cop show pastiche, the low-key story of an old woman saying her last farewells and a Lovecraft-in-Hollywood showdown with the extradimensional King of All Tears, The Invisible Kingdom contains more ideas on any given page than you'll find in the average book. As the head of the Technoccult corp says while preparing to unleash new product The Invisibles: "It's a thriller, it's a romance; it's a tragedy; it's a porno; it's neo-modernist kitchen sink science fiction that you catch, like a cold." With the flawed art from the original serial corrected The Invisible Kingdom is an essential purchase for anyone interested in what lurks in the world's shadows--and what hides in plain sight. --Alex Sarll [via]