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am 23. Juni 1999
With "Bloody Hell in America" Grant Morrison's self-declared freedom fighters enter the new continent with a bang.
The heroes are looking for an AIDS-vaccine in a secret government facility. Using magic, hypnosis and large-calibre-guns the infiltration proceeds almost as planned, until a mysterious entity called "Quimper" possesses one of the heroes and things look very very bad...
Superficially the book seems to be eye-candy, with gorgeous artwork by Jimenez, which sometimes conveys the gruesome violent fighting-scenes too well. But despite the sex and violence, of which the book has enough to even put James Bond to shame, there is still more to be found: Grant Morrison uses it as a forum for conveying his gnostic beliefs and giving us his opinions of the millenium fever without appearing preachy or trying to convert the reader to any sort of belief. The book is not an easy read. Morrison and Jimenez employ some experimental story-telling techniques which might be confusing at first but show what the medium comic has to offer.
This book collects some single issues of an on-going comic book (namely The Invisibles by DC Comics), which means that it is only part of a longer story and keeps it from getting five stars. Fortunately enough the book is self-contained and a good jumping-on point to see if you are interested in the story enough to read all of it. (Dies ist eine Amazon.de an der Uni-Studentenrezension.)
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am 19. April 1999
Somewhere along the line in "Bloody Hell in America," you realize you're in over your head, that whatever well-worn turns you may have been used to in comic book storytelling have been turned completely around, and this ride is jumping the tracks.
How writer Grant Morrison manages to spin the end of time, the crash at Roswell, the Hindu god Ganesh, Aztec magic, and Quentin Tarantino movies into one story is a secret he'll probably take to his grave. But it all works, and the threads crackle and hum so intensely with pop-zeitgeist electricity you'll love getting sucked into the web.
Translation: It's really, REALLY cool. And one hell of a mind ride.
And honestly, if you can't get past the "swearing and blood," you should stick to the JLA. Or Bil Keane's Family Circus.
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am 8. Mai 1999
This collection is meant as a jumping-on point for new readers, and considering how esoteric, deep, and complex 'The Invisibles' usually is, this book is a nice change of pace. The amazing thing is that Morrison slows down the merry-go-round without derailing it. He *wants* you to get on, but he also wants people who've been on it for a while to stay -- no mean feat. He pulls is off very well, somehow. Check this out, then dive in to the rest of this amazing, brilliant series.
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am 13. März 2000
IF you dont want violence or object to a little bad language or drug use, DONT READ THIS BOOK. If you want what is a great jumping on point to one of the best series comics has to offer, then put your petty language concerns away and read a book that may even change the way you think about the workd around you.
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am 19. Februar 1999
If Bloody Hell in America is, as the back cover proclaims, "the perfect introduction" to Grant Morris's series The Invisibles, I don't think I'll be sticking around for the ride. Under the premise of an ultra-hip secret group's attempt at securing the possible cure for AIDs from a heavilly guarded military base in New Mexico, Bloody Hell in America quickly reduces itself to just what its title implies: bloody. Soon after the introductory first issue is done with, the story becomes little more than an all out gore fest of bullets, blood, and various body parts, all captured in painstaking, ultra-real close up. I don't know what type of gun King Mob uses, but acid must play some part in the bullet's make-up, judging from the results. And never mind that the group's mission seems to take a comfortable back seat to all of this.
In addition, Morris's story relies too much on swearing. Constant swearing. I understand that a bit of swearing can go a long way (it can build a character, set the mood, or it can even be funny at times), but you know there's problem when for almost every single thing said an explicitive simply has to be thrown in. This must be where the "mature" part kicks in. A questionable maturity indeed, when a story must rely on heavy, unrealistic doses of gore and blatant abuse of the four letter word to entertain its readers. A pity, really. The Invisibles are a great concept, and Phil Jimenez's art is truly wonderful. If only the story were set to match.
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am 15. September 1998
If your a big fan of comics, do yourself a favor and pick this book up. The story pushes the limits of story telling to the edge and the art shocks you sane. Grant Morrison and Phil Jimenez do it for me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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