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The Invisibles
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Cover to The Invisibles (vol. 2) #1. Art by Brian Bolland.
Clockwise from top: Lord Fanny, Boy, King Mob, Ragged Robin, Jack Frost
Publication information
Publisher Vertigo
Schedule Monthly
Format Ongoing series
Genre Anarchist, science fiction
Publication date September 1994 - October 1996 (vol. 1)
February 1997 - February 1999 (vol. 2)
April 1999 - June 2000 (vol. 3)
Number of issues 25 (vol. 1)
22 (vol. 2)
12 (vol. 3)
Creative team
Writer(s) Grant Morrison
Artist(s) Various
Letterer(s) Todd Klein
Creator(s) Grant Morrison
Collected editions
Say You Want a Revolution ISBN 1-5638-9267-7
Apocalipstick ISBN 1-5638-9702-4
Entropy in the U.K ISBN 1-5638-9728-8
Bloody Hell in America ISBN 1-5638-9444-0
Counting to None ISBN 1-5638-9489-0
Kissing Mister Quimper ISBN 1-5638-9600-1
The Invisible Kingdom ISBN 1-4012-0019-2

The Invisibles is a mature readers comic book series that was published by the Vertigo imprint of DC Comics from 1994 to 2000. It was created and scripted by Scottish writer Grant Morrison, and drawn by various artists throughout its publication.[1]

The plot follows (more or less) a single cell of The Invisible College, a secret organization battling against physical and psychic oppression using time travel, magic, meditation, and physical violence.

For most of the series, the team includes leader King Mob; Lord Fanny, a Brazilian transvestite shaman; Boy, a former member of the NYPD; Ragged Robin, a telepath with a mysterious past; and Jack Frost, a young hooligan from Liverpool who may be the next Buddha. Their enemies are the Archons of Outer Church, interdimensional alien gods who have already enslaved most of the human race without its knowledge.

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History

The Invisibles was Morrison's first major creator-owned title for DC Comics and it drew from his Zenith strip as well as 1990s conspiracy culture. His intent was to create a hypersigil to jump-start the culture in a more positive direction.

The title initially sold well but sales dipped sharply during the first series, leading to concerns that the series might be canceled outright. To counteract this, Morrison suggested a "wankathon" in the hope of bringing about a magical increase in sales by a mass of fans simultaneously masturbating at a set time.[2]

Morrison became seriously ill while writing the book, something he attributes to working on the title and the manner in which its magical influence affected him, and has stated that his work on the comic made him into a different person from the one who started it. He has also said that much of the story was told to him by aliens when he was abducted during a trip to Katmandu.[3]

The third and final series was meant to be a countdown to the new millennium but shipping delays meant the final issue did not appear until April 2000. All of the series have been collected in a set of trade paperbacks.

Morrison saw the series censored due to the publisher's concern over the possibility of paedophilic and child abuse content. The first such case was in volume one, issue 7 ("Arcadia part 3 : 120 Days Of Sod All"); dialogue was altered in one scene where a group rapes and degrades several nameless characters, and the term lost souls was used to ensure the characters could not be identified as children, as in the Marquis De Sade's original 120 Days of Sodom, the book the characters find themselves trapped in. Later in the series the names of people and organizations were simply blacked out, much to Morrison's dismay. DC had one line that originally read "Walt Disney was a shit" blacked out at the suggestions of their lawyers;[4] many of these examples of censorship were restored when reprinted in trade paperback.

The title was optioned to be made into a television series by BBC Scotland, but neither this nor an optioned film version have been made. Morrison wrote The Filth for Vertigo in 2002, which he describes as a companion piece to The Invisibles, though there is no other connection between the two titles.

Plot summary

Volume 1

Say You Want a Revolution

The first volume of The Invisibles introduces Dane McGowan, an angry teen from Liverpool, as he attempts to burn down his school. Abandoned by his father and neglected by his mother, Dane takes out his anger and frustration through destruction. In the first issue of the series, Dane is recruited by the Invisibles, a ragtag band of freedom fighters led by King Mob, a charismatic, cold-blooded assassin.[5] The next arc, "Down and Out in Heaven and Hell"[6], shows Dane as he tries to survive on his own in London after being abandoned by the Invisibles. Dane is mentored by Tom O’Bedlam, an old homeless man who is secretly a member of the Invisibles. Tom shows Dane the magic in the everyday world and helps him realize that his anger prevents him from experiencing real emotions. While wandering with Tom, Dane has a partially remembered alien abduction experience and is transported into a different dimension. Eventually Dane returns to the Invisibles, taking the codename "Jack Frost." The next arc, "Arcadia"[7], follows the Invisibles as they go back in time via astral projection to the French Revolution. Jack is almost killed by a demonic agent of the Outer Church, the Invisibles’ chief enemy. As the volume closes, Jack declares that he is leaving the Invisibles.

Apocalipstick

The first volume continues with Jack Frost abandoning the Invisibles.[8] The tragic past of Lord Fanny, a Brazilian transvestite and a member of King Mob's Invisibles cell, is revealed in a story arc titled "She-Man"[9], which jumps back and forth through time. After an encounter with an agent of the Outer Church, both King Mob and Lord Fanny are captured. The volume closes with a look at Jack as he evades both the Invisibles and the Outer Church in London.[10] Jack remembers his abduction experience from the previous volume, recalling that his alien captors told him that he is the messiah. Jack is approached by Sir Miles, a high-ranking member of the Outer Church, who tries to recruit him. Jack refuses and battles Sir Miles telepathically. After winning the psychic duel, Jack escapes again, this time to Liverpool. This volume also introduces Jim Crow, a Haitian Invisible and Voodoo practitioner, and the Moonchild, a monstrous being who will one day be crowned the next King of England. The twelfth issue of the series, "Best Man Fall,"[11] fleshes out the character of a soldier whom King Mob killed in the previous volume.

Entropy in the U.K.

Sir Miles' interrogates King Mob in an arc titled "Gideon Stargrave in Entropy in the U.K."[12] Ragged Robin and Boy, the other members of King Mob’s Invisibles cell, team up with Jim Crow to rescue their teammates. In the 20th issue of the series, Boy reflects on her past while taking a train to Liverpool to bring Jack back into the fold. In the following issue, "Liverpool"[13], Jack returns to his mother’s flat where he tells her everything that has happened to him since joining the Invisibles. He admits that he is scared of the responsibilities that he now has as humanity’s savior and no longer knows what to do. Jack recalls that when he traveled to a different dimension with Tom O’Bedlam, a sentient satellite called Barbelith forced Jack to feel the collective suffering of humanity. Remembering this agony and realizing that he can put an end to it, Jack finally accepts his role and agrees to help save his friends. The next arc focuses on the regrouped Invisibles as they attempt to rescue King Mob and Lord Fanny.[14] During the Invisibles’ battle with the Outer Church, Jack is told that he will be responsible for destroying the world on December 22, 2012. Jack fully realizes the power at his disposal, defeating an extra-dimensional Archon of the Outer Church and healing King Mob of his injuries. Jack also heals Sir Miles, who had been severely hurt during the battle. The volume closes with a look at an Invisible named Mr. Six as he searches for traces of the Moonchild.[15]

Volume 2

Bloody Hell in America

The second volume begins a year after the events in London. The arc "Black Science"[16] follows the Invisibles embarking on a mission after taking a year off in America at the New York estate of wealthy Invisible Mason Lang. While Jack Frost, Boy, and Lord Fanny explore New York City, King Mob and Ragged Robin begin a sexual relationship. Jolly Roger, an Invisible and an old friend of King Mob’s, asks them to help her steal an AIDS vaccine from Dulce Base. There, the Invisibles face off against Mr. Quimper and Colonel Friday, two psychic agents of the Outer Church. The Invisibles are victorious, though Quimper plants a tiny part of his psyche in Ragged Robin’s subconscious.

Counting to None

The Invisibles travel to San Francisco where they meet Takashi, an employee of Mason Lang’s who is working on a time machine.[17] Ragged Robin reveals that she has been sent from the future using a working version of Takashi’s time machine when King Mob takes her to the dimension that the Invisible College, the Invisibles' headquarters, inhabits.[18] Meanwhile, Jack Frost and Lord Fanny obtain a powerful supernatural device called the “Hand of Glory” from a mysterious trio called the “Harlequinade.” In an arc titled "Sensitive Criminal"[19], King Mob travels back in time via astral projection to learn from past Invisibles how to operate the Hand of Glory. In the following arc, "American Death Camp"[20], Boy steals the Hand of Glory and attempts to use it to rescue her brother, who she believes is being held in a secret detention camp in Washington. In reality, Boy is actually being deprogrammed by a separate cell of Invisibles who discovered that she had been brainwashed by the Outer Church to deliver the Hand to them.

Kissing Mister Quimper

The team vacation in New Orleans.[21] Boy and Jack Frost acknowledge their feelings for each other and begin a brief relationship. The Invisibles then go back to Dulce to steal a powerful substance called “Magic Mirror” from the Outer Church in an arc titled "Black Science 2."[22] Aware of Quimper's presence within her consciousness, Ragged Robin is able to trap and defeat him with Lord Fanny's help. In the Dulce facility, Jack is taken into the Magic Mirror substance where he is shown the horrific dimension that the Outer Church hails from. After leaving Dulce, Ragged Robin prepares to return to the future. Using the Hand of Glory as an engine, Takashi's time machine can be used to return her to her time. After saying goodbye to King Mob, with whom she has fallen in love, Robin leaves the past behind.[23] In the final issue of the volume, Boy leaves the Invisibles and King Mob destroys Mason Lang’s mansion, telling him that it is possible for even the most rigid man to change.[24]

Volume 3

The Invisible Kingdom

Picking up a year after the previous volume, the third and final volume of the series follows the Invisibles as they prepare to stop the Moonchild from being used as a host for Rex Mundi, the extra-dimensional ruler of the Outer Church. Many of the Invisibles have significantly changed in this volume. King Mob no longer uses guns or kills people and Jack Frost has fully accepted his role as humanity’s savior. The Invisibles also no longer consider themselves at war with the Outer Church. Instead, they are on a mission to rescue humanity before the world ends.[25] The arc "The Invisible Kingdom"[26] portrays the final battle between the Invisibles and the Outer Church. Sir Miles is killed, as is Jolly Roger (her body is later seen in a mass grave), while Jack Frost single-handedly defeats Rex Mundi. He then travels once again into the Magic Mirror and learns that the dimensions that the Outer Church and the Invisible College inhabit are one and the same. Afterwards, King Mob retires and devotes the rest of his life to nonviolence. Jack Frost and Lord Fanny are left to start their own Invisibles cell. Years later, on December 22, 2012, the world is about to end, just as predicted. Ragged Robin returns and is finally reunited with King Mob. Jack Frost then breaks the fourth wall and addresses the reader, stating that, “Our sentence is up.” [27] At that moment, the world ends and humanity transforms into its next stage of existence, guided by Jack Frost.

Creators

While Grant Morrison wrote the entire series, The Invisibles never had a regular art team. It was intended that each story arc would be illustrated by a separate artist. The artists to work on each issue are:

Issues #4-2 included artistic collaborators who did not illustrate Morrison's scripts precisely as written. The most notable examples were the three pages Ashley Wood drew in Vol. 3, #2 that were later redrawn by Cameron Stewart for The Invisible Kingdom trade paperback.

Collected editions

The Invisibles has been collected into seven trade paperbacks:

  • Say You Want a Revolution, published 1999-06-01. Collects Volume 1, Issues #1-8 (ISBN 1-5638-9267-7)
  • Apocalipstick, published 2001-04-01. Collects Volume 1, Issues #9-16 (ISBN 1-5638-9702-4)
  • Entropy in the UK, published 2001-08-01. Collects Volume 1, Issues #17-25 (ISBN 1-5638-9728-8)
  • Bloody Hell in America, published 1998-02-01. Collects Volume 2, Issues #1-4 (ISBN 1-5638-9444-0)
  • Counting to None, published 1999-03-01. Collects Volume 2, Issues #5-13 (ISBN 1-56389-489-0)
  • Kissing Mister Quimper, published 2000-02-01. Collects Volume 2, Issues #14-22 (ISBN 1-5638-9600-1)
  • The Invisible Kingdom, published 2002-12-01. Collects Volume 3, Issues #12-1 (ISBN 1-4012-0019-2)

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Irvine, Alex (2008), "The Invisibles", in Dougall, Alastair, The Vertigo Encyclopedia, New York: Dorling Kindersley, pp. 92–97, ISBN 0-7566-4122-5, OCLC 213309015 
  2. ^ Barbelith Interviews: Interview with an Umpire". Retrieved 2006-11-28.
  3. ^ Disinfocon 2000. With Grant Morrison. The Disinformation Company, 1999.
  4. ^ Morrison, Grant (2002-06-13). "The Crack Issue 1". Crack Comics. Retrieved 2006-11-28.
  5. ^ The Invisibles (Vol. 1) #1
  6. ^ The Invisibles (Vol. 1) #2-4
  7. ^ The Invisibles (Vol. 1) #5-8
  8. ^ The Invisibles (Vol. 1) #9
  9. ^ The Invisibles (Vol. 1) #13-15
  10. ^ The Invisibles (Vol. 1) #16
  11. ^ The Invisibles (Vol. 1) #12
  12. ^ The Invisibles (Vol. 1) #17-19
  13. ^ The Invisibles (Vol. 1) #21
  14. ^ The Invisibles (Vol. 1) #22-24
  15. ^ The Invisibles (Vol. 1) #25
  16. ^ The Invisibles (Vol. 2) #1-4
  17. ^ The Invisibles (Vol. 2) #5
  18. ^ The Invisibles (Vol. 2) #6
  19. ^ The Invisibles (Vol. 2) #8-10
  20. ^ The Invisibles (Vol. 2) #11-13
  21. ^ The Invisibles (Vol. 2) #14
  22. ^ The Invisibles (Vol. 2) #17-20
  23. ^ The Invisibles (Vol. 2) #21
  24. ^ The Invisibles (Vol. 2) #22
  25. ^ The Invisibles (Vol. 3) #12
  26. ^ The Invisibles (Vol. 3) #4-2
  27. ^ The Invisibles (Vol. 3) #1

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The Invisibles (1994-2000) is a comic book series by Grant Morrison and various artists, following a group of occult terrorists who must overthrow a secret global conspiracy before the world ends in 2012.

Contents

Volume 1, issue #17, Gideon Stargrave in Entropy in the U.K., Part 1: Dandy

Sir Miles Delacourt: By god, but you're the most pathetic, ludicrous, ugly creature I've ever seen.
Lord Fanny: You really must work on those pick-up lines if you want to score, darling.

Gideon Stargrave: And did you see that old goat Reagan describing me as "a false Christ" in his emergency broadcast last night? I'm really peeved.
Genevieve Stargrave: Never mind, sweetheart. We've still got each other.
Gideon Stargrave: Mmm, we'll always have incest.
Narrator: And as Genevieve and Gideon Stargrave press tongue to tongue, it must be kept in mind that incest has long been the sacred prerogative of royalties and divinities.

Volume 1, issue #18, Gideon Stargrave in Entropy in the U.K., Part 2: Messiah

Gideon Stargrave: All things considered, there's absolutely no escape from this hellish situation. I'm prepared to take the coward's way out if you are. It's reincarnation or nothing.
Doctor Gupta: What? But what about my bloody karma, you crazy colonial oppressive bastard? What if I'm reborn as a white man?

Volume 1, issue #19, Gideon Stargrave in Entropy in the U.K., Part 3: Assassin

Sir Miles Delacourt: Have you ever wondered why we talk of "spelling"? There is a spell word implanted in the brain of every English-speaking child, the root mantra of restriction, the secret name of a mighty hidden demon: "eybeesee-dee-ee-eff-geeaitcheye-jai-kayell-emenn-ohpeequeue-are-ess-tee-youveedouble-you-ex-wyezed". That name and all the names it generates were designed to set limits upon humanity's ability to express abstract thought. What you see depends entirely upon the words you have to describe what you see. Nothing exists unless we say it.

Boy: Maybe I'm being just a little superstitious, but the idea of riding around in a hearse is kinda less than thrilling, you know?
Jim Crow: We all gonna ride in one someday, sister. Might as well get comfortable.

Volume 1, issue #20, How I Became Invisible

Boy: That's the thing about conspiracy nuts; you start off laughing at them and then a strange thing happens... you wind up seeing them in the mirror.

Boy: The beast is still out there. I can't smell it too well but I can hear its breathing now and I can see its tracks. Making me disappear was its big mistake. See, I'm invisible now. I leave no traces, no footprints. I'm invisible now. I'm a hunter with nothing left to lose. And that bastard, that smug and self-satisfied beast, can't see me coming.

Volume 1, issue #24, Good-Bye Baby Rabbits

Barbelith: I am not the god of your fathers. I am the hidden stone and break all hearts. Break open your own heart. Come from below. Rise unto the heights, descend again with knowledge. You must return below.
Dane "Jack Frost" MacGowan: Is that you, Jesus? Fucking hell, man.

Mister Six: This has been a bastard of a day, don't you think? What about the room? Sir Miles?
King Mob: I dealt with him. I tore his aura away. He won't be able to survive long without it. Every etheric parasite from here to the Abominable Plateau of Leng should be sniffing him out by now.
Mister Six: You're twitchy.

Volume 1, issue #25, And Half a Dozen of the Other

Jack Flint: It's like Flann O'Brien. That's what it reminds me of. Flann O'Brien. Know what I mean?
George Harper: Haven't a clue, guv'nor. I knew an IRA bloke called O'Brien once. He'd no left arm and one night, when he was pissed as a fart, he actually let me hear the sound of one hand clapping. Pity I had to shoot him.
Jack Flint: Christ, but you're an uneducated bastard! Flann O'Brien only wrote "The Third Policeman", which is one of the greatest books in the English language. You'd like it, George. It's a comedy, like your bloody haircut.

Volume 2, issue #1, Black Science, Part 1: Bangin'

Narrator: It's the end of the word as we know it.

Billy-Bob: Which one of you sick fucks thought that was funny? Goddamn fucking she-male standing there, looking at me like I'm the faggot.
Mason Lang: Hey, come on. It's too early in the morning for this, and we're leaving anyway. Why don't I buy you and your friends a drink?
Billy-Bob: Why don't you just shut the fuck up, Yankee? I'll get to you just as soon as I get done with the she-male and the bald cock-sucker here.
King Mob: Well, is that you, John Wayne? Is this me?
Billy-Bob: Fuck you trynna-- *ikk*
(King Mob has grabbed hold of Billy-Bob's testicles)
King Mob: I'm telling you that you're in the wrong film, fatboy. You're not in the cowboy film you thought you were in. This is a different kind of movie. And you're in the scene where the redneck shitkicker picks on the stranger in town, only it turns out to be big Arnie or a gang of vampires. I'll bet you've seen that a million times, cowboy.
Billy-Bob: Sure.
King Mob: So here's the deal: you've just made the mistake of your life but you can wash away your sins by apologizing to the lady. Otherwise I squeeze, you pop and guess who's singing castrato in church on Sunday?
Billy-Bob: I... ah... I called you a faggot and... ah... well, I'm sorry. Fuck.
Lord Fanny: That's all right, darling. I am a faggot. And you do have a lovely dick.

Volume 2, issue #2, Black Science, Part 2: Kickin'

Mason Lang: "I am become death. The shatterer of worlds." That's what Oppenheimer said when the first atom bomb was detonated out there somewhere. Twenty miles away from ground zero, a girl called Georgia Green, blind all her life, saw a brief light. The Rio Grande looks like chocolate flowing. How did that happen?
King Mob: It's just the drugs, Mason.

King Mob: Elephant head. Elephant head. I WORSHIP A GOD WITH AN ELEPHANT HEAD!

Volume 2, issue #3, Black Science, Part 3: Sorted

Demon: Your mother fucks Hitler in Hell.
Dane "Jack Frost" MacGowan: Yeah? My mother'd fuck Hitler in fucking Harrogate if she thought she'd get a McDonald's Happy Meal and a packet of fags out of it.

Volume 2, issue #4

Colonel Friday: Hear this: When our masters' work is done, every living thing will have the status of a machine. There will be no creativity, only productivity. Instead of love there will be fear and distrust, instead of surrender there will be submission. We will replace contact with isolation, and joy with shame. Hope will cease to exist as a concept. We will cover the earth with steel and with concrete, this planet will be a factory farm producing morons to fuel and mantain the factory engines and feed our masters. There will be an electronic policeman in every head. Your children will be born in chains, live only to serve and die in anguish and ignorance. Look around you, the process is already in its final stages. And you, like everyone else, will take your place on the production line.

Volume 2, issue #7, The Sound of the Atom Splitting

Dane "Jack Frost" MacGowan: You're all right, Fanny. For a bloke in a dress and that. You're all right.
Lord Fanny: So some "fucking poofs" are all right now? It's a start.
Dane "Jack Frost" MacGowan: I said they're all right, man! I'm a fucking space cadet, all right? I said they're all right. I don't wanna be one.
Lord Fanny: Who's asking you to be one? Jack, I like you, but you're not my type.
Dane "Jack Frost" MacGowan: ...so what's the matter with me?

King Mob: Oi, Buddha!
(He shoots the head off a Buddha statue)
King Mob: Meditate on that.

Volume 2, issue #14, Only Lovers Left Alive

Sir Miles Delacourt: Middle-class parents are terrified of non-existant child killers; soon we'll have them so terrified they'll gladly allow us to electronically tag all newborn infants. We are engineering sick, obese, passive consumers. Even the video games they obsessvely play contain demoralising subliminals. A weak-willed child is easy to manipulate using product hypnosis. Look at their clothing, for instance. The new breed are simply mobile hoardings, advertising the multi-national corporations which control their minds.
Colonel Friday: Children are the hope of the future, Sir Miles. Our future.

Colonel Friday: You wonder why the children of America are so obsessed with death? You wonder why rock groups that look like corpses and zombie comic-book heroes are so goddamn popular here? It's just the same way your Victorians loved their tombs and seances and murders. The American Empire is dead and does not know it. Like your empire before it, it's only aware of it in its sleep.

Lord Fanny: Put the drinks over there, Jack! His nam's Bleuurwah something. He's not only gorgeous, darling... he's an idiot. My tits are bigger than his IQ.

Volume 2, issue #19, Black Science II, Part 3: Pavlov's Dogs

The Blind Chessman: Here, on one side, the dreadful guardians of the black iron prison, condensing their macro-geometry into these protomaterial jigsaw forms; the great King-Archons of this eon. The custodians of your reality. "The Forgotten Ones". And here, the sons of light, mustered in radiant battalions. I don't suppose you know what "manichaean" means yet?
Dane "Jack Frost" MacGowan: Yeah, it's somebody from Manchester. Are you trying to hypnotise me, ey?

Volume 2, issue #22, The Tower

Mason Lang: I remember looking at the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia when I was a little kid. That's what I love about illusions; they're right up there in front of you but somehow you don't see them... until suddenly you do... and I saw that I lived in a world where the symbol was more important than the reality. Where the menu was supposed to taste better than the meal. They're bombing planet Hollywood... those terrorists know exactly where the power lies. None of it's real. Kennedy was a good man. Nixon was a bad man. Is that true or is that just what we've been told is true? Half of the stars in Hollywood are gay pretending to be straight... (Walt Disney) was a shit. The moon landings happened in a studio. The America I thought I lived in was a trick; I'd only ever really seen it on TV, in comic books and movies... especially movies. The Rosicrucians who built this country wouldn't know where they were if you brought them here, would they? Not until you showed them Independence Day. That night when I pissed down over Manhattan, I saw time. I saw time itself... America has been in a declared state of national emergency since March 9th, 1933, giving the president powers to suspend freedom of speech and take control away from all communications media at any time. Who cares? Bruce Willis is here to save us all. The more I looked, the less real America became. And the less real it became, the stronger it got. Planet Hollywood.

Mason Lang: One of their agents said to me... "however things turn out, you'll be working for us." That's what I was hoping he'd say. When they discover that the liquid processors in the decoy time suit work, they'll have to call me. I'll have to give them all my technology. They haven't quite figured out how to fight the wars of the 21st century yet... too bad. My homeopathic processors will be standard military issue by 2005. I've already installed trapdoor access into all of those systems. By 2012 I'll have control of the entire western military industrial complex.

Volume 3, issue #12, Satanstorm, Part 1: Common People

Purves: All right then, no farting about: you need a hardcore fortune teller. I can see skeletons at the elbows of half the OAPs in Safeways. "Blow your pension on crack and whores!" I tell 'em, but they never listen. Dead in days... What do I get, Jack?
Jack Flint: Friends call me Jack, and I don't see any of them in here, Purves. People like you get to call me Detective Inspector Flint. So, are we talking business or are you just gonna block my view of Candice's tits?
Purves: I'll tell you your fortune... you haven't got one. In your drink. Ten minutes ago. Barman got an offer, Detective Inspector Flint. We didn't tell him what the stuff was.

Mister Six: We lied. We are not at war. There is no enemy. This is a rescue operation.

Volume 3, issue #11, Satanstorm, Part 2: Cold Britannia

Mister Six: Police. Stay perfectly still while I read your minds.

Volume 3, issue #10, Satanstorm, Part 3: The 'It' Girls

Mister Six: You slept with King Mob just like that? How very modern.
Helga: He read me extracts from a medical journal describing the progress of a staphylococcus aureus infection. And then he pleasured me with a potato.
Mister Six: [dubiously] How extraordinary.
Helga: It was wonderful.
Mister Six: What sort of potato was it?
Helga: Ayrshire Blue.

Volume 3, issue #09, Satanstorm, Part 4: Digging Up Beryl

Sir Patrick Crowley: The press has enough on you, Miles, to turn you into a bigger public laughing stock than David Icke and Monica Lewinsky on a bicycle made for two!
Sir Miles Delacourt: Really? You, Sir Patrick, are like an ant perched on the edge of a teacup, perched on the rim of a volcano; you have no concept...
Sir Patrick Crowley: ...Of what you're bloody well talking about? Dead right! But I do know this: your masters have washed their hands of you. As for your bloody pet monster, we'll have that put to sleep by a qualified veterinary surgeon.

Volume 3, issue #08, Karmageddon, Part 1: Tantrika

Marquis de Sade: Regard! A whole ballroom devoted to the arts of farting and shitting! I find my humor is particularly sustained by the sight of others at their most bestial.
Lady Edith Manning: I once lived with six cats and an Irish wolfhound, monsieur. Public farting and shitting do not constitute a radical confrontation with the psyche to me.

(A conversation by e-mail)
King Mob: May in Varanasi. 25° and wet. It's like the 6th circle of the inferno here, Edith - where they flail the arses off the howling heretics and the men who fuck marine life etc. NATO's stomping on the Balkans while India and Pakistan threaten one another with nukes. "Dead From the Waist Down" on MTV. The humidity's making me horny and mad. I miss Robin. In his new book, Ken Wilbur calls is "skin hunger". I feel like I'm building up a charge. Monsoon's on its way.
Lady Edith Manning: Dearest Gideon - I shan't succumb to your steamy prose. You've had me once and my yawns were heard throughout eternity.

Volume 3, issue #07, Karmageddon, Part 2: Type Ω

(On a video showing Sir Miles tied to a chair while a man wearing only a judge's wig, a thong and suspenders yells "GUILTY!")
Helga: We sent a copy to his wife and one to his daughter in Barcelona, and one to Crimewatch UK. I told them, "KOMBAT 666 WILL RELEASE THE HOSTAGE IN EXCHANGE FOR A SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH OF JESUS." Who knows?

The King in Yellow: This was a road to the otherworld in old times when our organisation was introduced. Two hundred million years ago, in the triassic period, the salt pans stretch in every direction. We still meet here. Those who search for us become us. Here, in the bowels of the city, here in the cellars and in the subways. Have you made your decision?
Mister Six: For all I know you could be asking me to betray everything and everyone I ever cared about for the sake of... what, exactly? Still... you know me. I'll try anything twice. Show me these bowels of yours.

Volume 3, issue #05, Karmageddon, Part 4: Smile

King Mob: Every eleven years the sun floods the solar system with radiation. The storms have been getting worse all this century. The last storm of the century started a week ago. Know what they call it? Cycle 23. Here comes the summer.

Volume 3, issue #04, The Invisible Kingdom, Part 1: Planet Stepford

Rossiter: Latest on the eclipse: it's in the tenth house, which is bad for government and entrenched power structures.
Sir Miles Delacourt: Are you suggesting that we do not proceed?
Rossiter: Of course not. We're the new power, come to replace the old. Cameras in the head, children with microchips, spin doctors rewriting reality as it happens. That's why I voted for Tony Blair.

Volume 3, issue #01, Glitterdammerung!

King Mob: Nice and smooth.

King Mob: Fanny. They'll never kill you, baby. You're too enormous to die.

Dane "Jack Frost" MacGowan: Reynard and me would argue all the time in this little Indian restaurant they had in San Francisco. There was a picture of Bill Clinton on the wall. There's no difference between fate and free will. Here I am; put here, come here. No difference. Same thing. Nothing ends that isn't something else starting. So which side are you on? Do you know yet? Anyhow. I've said my bit and it's your go now... so while you're thinking about it, think about this... my mate Elfayed told me something when I was little and wanking about twenty times a day: "We made gods and jailers because we felt small and alone," he said. "We let them try us and judge us and, like lambs to the slaughter, we allowed ourselves to be... sentenced. See! Now! Our sentence is up."

Invisibles Special: And We're All Policemen Now

Girl: Gideon! In your song "Aggression as a Well-Integrated Part of Primate Social Relationships", what did you mean by "sex versus non-sex versus parasite"?
King Mob: I was taking the piss, love.

TV Voiceover: Third world children are plentiful. Fossil fuels are scarce. We need to burn something.

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