BackStory: Grant Morrison, Mad Creator of Worlds

we3My first exposure to Grant Morrison was with his mini-series We3. The story, which involved weaponized cyborg animals, was one of the most interesting things I had ever read. The writing was impressive, and the art by Frank Quitely was unlike anything I’d ever seen before. I loved everything about it.

 

Back then, I didn’t buy comics based on their artists or writers; I was more interested in characters. However, that changed the moment I picked up Morrison’s All-Star Superman.

One Wednesday, while flipping through new releases, a bright-colored comic caught my eye. A new Superman book from Morrison and Quitely? Yes please. I had to catch up and read the back issues, but it was absolutely worth it.

AllStarSupermanFrom that point on, I began to seek out the works of individual creators, especially Morrison. Suddenly, I cared about more than what was happening in the latest books, and I was inspired to dive deeper into comics history.

For years, Morrison was the ongoing writer of Batman, and his tales were some of the most exciting books on the shelves. Morrison utilized long-forgotten elements of Batman’s history, drawing from old stories like The Batman of Zur-En-Arrh. While I was already a big Batman fan, he helped me to appreciate the character on a deeper level.

ZurEnArrhSoon, I was obsessed with Morrison’s writing, and started building a collection of trades. I purchased New X-Men, Seven Soldiers, 52, Flex Mentallo, and many more. I even started downloading out of print books when I couldn’t find them anywhere else.

Every book I read drew me deeper into the mind of Morrison, and that’s a crazy place to be.

I started following several other prolific writers, but there was something about Morrison’s approach that felt different. I just couldn’t put my finger on what that something was. I read interviews, which gave me some insight, but it wasn’t until I read Supergods that I finally understood what Morrison was doing.

He was creating actual realities.

Sure, it sounds crazy – because it absolutely is – but it feels like there’s an actual supernatural element to his storytelling. It’s completely insane, but it also makes a weird sort of sense. His strange approach to writing has caused a big divide amongst the comic world, but to me, it only makes it more exciting to pick up a Morrison book.

morrisonMorrison believes that a thought can become reality. Every character he’s created or written about is a living, breathing being that now exists in a different dimension. Once the thought is put down on paper, it exists forever.

Whether buy into his theory or not, there’s some definite truth behind it. Superman, a fictional character, is now a living idea in our minds, and he’s not going anywhere anytime soon.

Think about mankind’s own myths and legends. At one time the Greek Gods “existed,” and their stories were  handed down from generation to generation. Morrison is not only creating stories that will be read for generations; he’s creating a mythology that we can call our own.

Long after we’re gone, Superman and Batman will continue to have adventures. They’ll live on in the hearts and minds of those who are reading their stories.

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Morrison is currently writing a limited series called The Multiversity, which is built around the creation of living universes. Each issue tells a stand-alone story, and each tale is set on a different Earth. However, these tales are all interconnected in some way. Multiversity been phenomenal so far, and it looks like it will have a lasting impact on the comics world.

Once again, this mad creator of worlds is creating life before our very eyes. The universes he’s creating will be with us forever.