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Our Sentence is Up:  Seeing Grant Morrison’s The Invisibles, a non-fiction look at the landmark series, is in this month’s Previews catalog (order code SEP091084).  The book, authored by Patrick Meaney, is published by Sequart Research & Literacy Organization.

Our Sentence is Up offers an accessible look at Grant Morrison’s complicated and ambitious comics masterpiece, paying attention to its themes, philosophy, and how it changes with each reading.

The Invisibles has been hailed as a seminal comic, called the key to Morrison’s overall body of work, and seen as the inspiration for The Matrix and its successors.  But it’s also frequently written off as incomprehensible or just too out there.

Written in a conversational, personal style, Our Sentence is Up opens up The Invisibles through an in-depth, issue-by-issue analysis of the series, making sense of its complex ideas, fractured chronology, and delirious blend of fiction and reality.  The book also explores the real-world relevance of the comic, particularly how its fictional conspiracy theories became reality in the 2000s.

The book also features a wide-ranging interview with Grant Morrison, covering how his formative childhood experiences found their way into The Invisibles and how his life and the comic became intertwined in the ’90s.  Morrison also explores the series in retrospect, how it holds up to the War on Terror and the Obama presidency, and what he currently thinks will happen in 2012.

The book sports an afterword by Morrison expert Timothy Callahan (CBR), author of Sequart’s Grant Morrison:  The Early Years.  The book also sports an original cover by award-winning artist Kevin Colden (Fishtown, I Rule the Night).

Our Sentence is Up (softcover, 6″x9″, 372 pages, B&W, $26.95 MSRP) is available exclusively through comic book stores.  See the books section of the September 2009 Previews catalog (bottom of page 315), where the book is a spotlighted item.  Please be sure to ask your store to order a copy (order code SEP091084), as you cannot be assured your store will order any copies.

About the Publisher:  Sequart Research & Literacy Organization is a non-profit devoted to the study and promotion of comic books as a legitimate art.  It publishes a line of books aimed at making comics scholarship accessible.  For more information and to check out the revamped website, click here.

Legal Disclaimer:  the Invisibles and related characters are © and TM Grant Morrison.  This book is not endorsed by DC Comics or Vertigo.


About Author

Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment. You can follow him on Twitter @MajorSpoilers and tell him your darkest secrets...


  1. So they finally released Morrison and the artists of Flanel Crisis from prison after that fiasco and Batman RIPped off, good for them.

  2. Anybody read any of the other Sequart books? I just purchased the Legion of Superheroes one – haven’t read it yet though. I know that there was an X-Men related one, I believe comparing the comics to the films, but last time I checked I think it was out of print.

  3. Ooh! I loved Sequart’s Legion book, and I know they did an earlier book about Morrisson’s early Vertigo work (Animal Man & Doom Patrol, mostly) that I can’t find anywhere anymore. I’m gonna have to check this out.

  4. I loved this book when it was out a decade ago.
    Looking foreward to this being reviewed in it’s entirety on the spoilers. Maybe after Y is complete.

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