“You make the world go ’round…”
(Soundtrack: The 6ths–Hyacinths and Thistles)
Anywhere you bite into Animal Man, you’ll draw the same thematic blood… That vivid colour? It’s traceable to the idea of “total recall” as divine madness. And the irony aftertaste? For that you can thank the text’s insistence upon looking every “creature” in the eye.
Yesterday, I implied that “Grant Morrison” is the real protagonist of the series. Today I’ll just come right out and say it. We’ve grown accustomed to thinking of deus ex machina for what it does (i.e. cuts the Gordian knots in a storyline) rather than for what it is (“the Lord” at play in his/her own imaginative field)… I don’t exactly relish quoting myself, but the ideas I put forth concerning It’s A Wonderful Life not too long ago are crucial to this discussion–i.e. in that film, George Bailey comes to understand that he is an immanent God holding the fabric of Bedford Falls in place, and he embraces the responsibility. I would argue that this is exactly what happens to the “Grant Morrison” character as he leads Buddy (whose role as a “binding agent” of his own reality is attested to by those wacky aliens) through a sepia Inferno in issue #26!
So much more to say, but a glance at the time–and the stack of pioneer poetry I still have to read for tomorrow’s class–tells me that my thoughts on the Psycho-Pirate, the Time Commander, the Red Mask and how all of this ties into “Ghosts of Stone” from Secret Origins #46 will have to wait!
Good night friends!