Tom Beland, of True Story Swear To God fame, asks the Bendis Board a question:
Every time I pick up an Alan Moore book, I feel like I was given a test in high school and, instead of studying, I played Playstation all week. His work, most of all, PROMETHIA, goes right over my head.
But y’know what..? I still buy it. I buy everything the man puts out because he makes me WANT to figure it out, even if it’s baby steps. I think there should be books out there that challenge you in a way you’ve never been challenged as a comics reader.
So, in a way, I support Moore’s quest to make me feel like an idiot.
Who out there writes over YOUR head and do you buy their work?
The response is kind of overwhelming:
“Morrison, definitely (though sometimes it seems like he is deliberately being weird and confusing).”
“A lot of Morrison’s work, I just flat-out don’t get, no matter how hard I try.”
“Grant Morrison, I literally cannot interpret what it is he means for me to absorb a lot of the time. His JLA and X-men were probably the most linear comics he’s written to me and sometimes I needed help with those. But some people very clearly and directly recieve the message of Invisibles or Filth or whatever, so its probably just me not being able to think outside the box.”
“Grant Morrison, usually only when he goes into Crazy Land[tm], but sometimes even in his ‘mainstream’ stuff.”
“There are parts of ‘The Invisibles’ and ‘Filth’ that go totally over my head. So, I guess Morrison. I think it’s because I’ve never dosed”
“Grant Morrison. I think The Filth is about doing whatever you have to do to get thru the day but even that is a guess at best.”
“most economics books i’ve ever read. such dry shit. and morrison a couple times. not really over my head, but i think he’s trying too hard sometimes. does he have an editor anymore?”
“Grant Morrison. I still have no idea what the hell the Invisibles or the Filth were about. I even bought that guide to the Invisibles… Uh, Say you want a revolution, I think it’s called. No dice. I just coulden’t wrap my head around it. That’s not to say I didn’t like it. Invisibles is still one of my favourite series, and I’ve read the entire run probably four times. I always get something different, and I always enjoy it. Sometimes my brain needs to be seriously confused for a while. Morrison’s good for that.”
“I’m also pretty sure that there’s stuff in there that you just can’t get. Like Morrison just thought to himself ‘Ha ha! This will confuse the crap out of them!’. Not that I have any kind of problem with that.”
“Grant Morrison for sure. I think he tends to let his wild ideas run away with him at the expense of story, whereas I get the feeling that Moore spends as much time with story and plot mechanics as he does with big ideas and themes, so he is able to integrate everything into a more cohesive (and easier to follow) whole.”
Now I can’t work out if I should feel smug for – for the most part – understanding Grant Morrison comics or depressed that so many people apparently don’t.