For over a decade, Grant Morrison has been one of a small number of key players in the writing of graphic novels. He has been listed in the "top 100 creative people in America" by Entertainment Weekly, for his contributions to the medium, which include ground-breaking work such as the revisionist Batman graphic novel, Arkham Asylum.
A veteran of the British comic 2000AD, Morrison has been responsible for some of that publication's most memorable stories and characters, particularly Zenith and Big Dave, as well as writing for established characters such as Judge Dredd.
After leaving 2000AD (due apparently to personal differences with the editor), he went on to create two series' which have never been collected: St. Swithin's Day - the story of a young northern man who travels south to Assasinate Margaret Thatcher - and The New Adventures of Hitler. The former of the two was the subject of heated debate in the House of Commons.
Another series which brought about political outcry, while simultaneously gaining huge critical acclaim was the Invisibles series. This story about an underground group of anarchist vigilantes has proven popular with the reading masses, spawning numerous fora and mailing lists*. The series has also been described by Morrison as a "complex hyper-sigil", an emblem with powerful magical properties.
In addition to his critically acclaimed Invisibles series, Morrison has become the subject of abject hatred or simple dislike by sweaty Marvel fanboys due to his alternative, interesting and personality-driven character developments. Morrison's X-Men editions have gained an almost cult-like standing in the Marvel catalogue.
These sorts of character development and transcendant story-lines are nothing new to fans of GM's previous work.
Morrison has proven himself to be artistically transcendent himself, diversifying from graphic novels to the realms of music, fine art, prose writing, stage writing and screen writing. A collection of short stories and stage plays was published in a volume called Lovely Biscuits in 1999, while a number of ongoing film projects exist, including adaptations of his Invisibles series, a Dan Dare screenplay for Ridley Scott and the sequels in the Lawnmower Man franchise; Superbia and The Kult.
Morrison, an initiated chaos magician, has travelled extensively and played with various bands. He still writes and records music and stages semi-regular DJ happenings under the aegis of The Beastocracy. Educated at Mosspark primary and Allan Glen's School for Boys, he now lives and works in Glasgow, Scotland, after spending much time in the United States.
Grant's most recent work is a series called The Filth, penned by Chris Weston, released by Vertigo as a writer-owned graphic novel. He is currently finishing his run of New X-Men, and has revealed that he has signed a "controversial" deal to go back to DC, to work on one of the major titles. This title appears to be a resurrection of a very old DC staple - Seven Soldiers. Morrison gives the Seven a more modern spin with just a pinch of homage to the golden era of DC comics. On top of this, his two mini-series We3 and Vimanarama! were released in 2004 and 2005. We3 is a cross between Richard Adams' Plague Dogs, Disney's Incredible Journey and Robocop. Vimanarama! is the story of regular people dealing with Supra-Dimensional Hindu Gods and Demons in suburbia. As usual, it's gritty reality with a Morrison twist.
It is also rumoured recently that Mr. Morrison has tied the knot.
This is a list of Grant Morrison's canon of collected Graphic Novels;
- TITLE PUBLISHED ARTIST
- Arkham Asylum:A Serious House on Serious Earth DC 1989 Dave McKean
- Legends of the Dark Knight: Gothic - A Romance DC 1989 Klaus Janson
- Animal Man (1-8) DC 1992 Chas Truog
Fleetway 1991 Rian Hughes
- Zenith Phase 1: Tygers Titan 1988 Steve Yeowell
- Zenith Phase 2: The Hollow Land Part 1 Titan 1989 Steve Yeowell
- Zenith Phase 2: The Hollow Land Part 2 Titan 1989 Steve Yeowell
- Zenith Phase 3: War in Heaven Part 1 Titan 1990 Steve Yeowell
- Zenith Phase 3: War in Heaven Part 2 Titan 1990 Steve Yeowell
- Doom Patrol: (19-25) Crawling from the Wreckage DC 1992 Richard Case et al.
- Judge Dredd: Book of the Dead Fleetway Dermot Power
- The Mystery Play DC 1994 Jon J. Muth
- Kill Your Boyfriend DC 1995 Philip Bond
- The Invisibles:Vol 1: 1-8 Say You Want a Revolution DC 1996 Steve Yeowell, Jill Thompson
- The Invisibles:Vol 1: 9-16 Apocalipstick DC 2001 Various
- The Invisibles:Vol 1: 17-25 Entropy in the UK DC 2001 Various
- The Invisibles:Vol 2: 1-4 Bloody Hell in America DC 1999 Phil Jiminez, John Stokes
- The Invisibles:Vol 2: 5-13 Counting to None DC 1998 Phil Jiminez, John Stokes
- The Invisibles:Vol 2: 14-22 Kissing Mister Quimper DC 2000 Chris Weston
- The Invisibles:Vol 3: The Invisible Kingdom
DC 2003 Chris Weston et al.
- Spawn 4 : Escalation Titan 1997 Greg Capullo et al.
- JLA/Wildcats DC/Image 1997 Val Semeiks et al.
- JLA: (1-4) New World Order DC 1997 Howard Porter, John Dell
- JLA: (5-9) American Dreams DC 1998 Howard Porter, John Dell
- JLA: (10-15) Rock of Ages DC 1998 Howard Porter, John Dell
- JLA: (16-23) Strength in Numbers DC 1998 Howard Porter, John Dell
- JLA: (24-31) Justice for All DC 1999 Howard Porter, John Dell
- JLA: (36-40) World War III DC 2000 Howard Porter, John Dell
- Secret Origins: featuring JLA DC 1999 Howard Porter, John Dell
- DC One Million DC 1999 Val Semeiks et al.
- JLA:Earth 2 DC 1999 Frank Quitely
- Marvel Boy (1-6) Marvel 2001 J. G. Jones
- New X-Men: E is for Extinction Marvel 2001 Frank Quitely et al.
- New X-Men: Imperial Marvel 2002 Frank Quitely, Igor Kordey & Ethan Van Sciver
- New X-Men : Volume 1 Hardback Marvel 2002 Frank Quitely, Igor Kordey, et al
- New X-Men : New Worlds Marvel 2002 John Paul Leon, Bill Sienkiewicz, et al
- New X-Men: Riot at Xavier's Marvel 2003 Frank Quitely
- New X-Men: Assault on Weapon Plus Marvel 2003 Phil Jimenez & Chris Bachalo
- New X-Men: Planet X Marvel 2004 Phil Jimenez
- New X-Men : Volume 2 Hardback Marvel 2003 John Paul Leon, Bill Sienkiewicz,et al
- NUFF Said Marvel 2002 Frank Quitely and others
- Fantastic Four: 1234 Marvel 2002 Jae Lee & Jose Villerubia
- The Filth DC 2004 Chris Weston, Gary Erskine
DC 2005 Chris Weston
- Seven Soldiers
DC 2005 Simone Bianchi and others
DC 2005 Philip Bond
Reference: www.grant-morrison.com and www.disinfo.net
* see www.invisibilia.co.uk and www.barbelith.com