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Saturday, May 05, 2007
He's Bringing Back the Stupidest Batmen Ever
Another Post About Why We Love Grant Morrison
The most common day-after question we heard from those lucky few hundred of you who had the opportunity to drink screwdrivers with Grant Morrison at the Isotope last year was "Could Grant Morrison be cooler?" If there was any doubt, today we can with supreme confidence tell you the answer to that question is "No, he couldn't."
While we certainly adore Mister Morrison as a comic book author and personality for his mind-blowing ideas, deep understanding of the human condition, literary strengths, and the many experiments with the medium that his writing famously reflects. The thing we appreciate most about Morrison is his unabashed fearlessness when it comes to celebrating comics' greatest asset...
One look around the Isotope shop or this very website and it's pretty apparant that we're enthralled with the single most wonderful thing about the comics medium and American comic industry as a whole, and that's the manic culture-jam of both high and low art. While some might foolishly think otherwise (as fools are often known to do), comics are snobbery's pure, undiluted Kryptonite in true everyman form. Capable of withering even the mightiest of down-nose-lookers with the tiniest reveal that glorious morsels of unashamed pulp (e.g. Spider-Man) plays in the same sandbox alongside heady works of social importance (e.g. Joe Sacco's Palestine) on a daily basis. This is comics' most superheroic power, and no other writer working in comics today knows and celebrates this more than Grant Morrison.
Which is why instead of sweeping them under the rug like the silly mis-shapen things they are, he's bringing back the stupidest D-List Batman also-rans of all time, and commemorating the nexus point of the lowest of pulp and highest of arts combined. And it is this very act of celebration that we think makes Morrison so significant in the world of comic books today.
Read about Morrison's up-coming take on those funnybook losers of yesteryear Bat-Hombre, El Gaucho, Chief Man-Of-Bats, Wingman, and more from the man himself over on Wizard's website here.
Labels: comics, culture, Grant Morrison, ridiculous