Thursday, September 22, 2005

Sebastian O - O Boy!

Often, it really seemed that one of the few things keeping the 90s from being really bad was, well, Grant Morrison.

Think of the 90s.

Okay, now think of the 90s with Morrison's JLA, Doom Patrol and Invisibles (not to mention his various mini-series).

Not so good, eh?

Sebastian O is the type of series that Morrison seems to be able to produce without even breaking a sweat, the three-issue mini-epic, like Sea Guy, We3 and Vimanarama.

Sebastian O is about a fop who was unjustly imprisoned, and escapes to wreak vengeance upon the man that turned on him. It is set in a Victorian England that has extremely advanced technology.

Sebastian O is basically like Oscar Wilde, if Wilde kicked people's ass. Morrison comes up with plenty of clever lines for Sebastian, mocking the very oddity of the series itself, stuff like "One must always dress in finery when committing acts of treason."

Steve Yeowell's art perfectly captures the era. Lord Theo Lavender's plot of a world set in Virtual Reality evokes the Matrix, and the ending of the comic is priceless. Sebastian O, when it all comes down to it, is just a guy who wants to hang out, have sex with some good looking guys, and get high. He does not really care about Lavender's plan, he just has to get revenge on him. Once that is done, everything else can go to hell.

It is a very fun series, with lots of colorful characters.

The one thing that the CURRENT (2004) edition has that makes it even BETTER, though, is that Morrison adds a delightfully interesting timeline of Sebastian's life up until the series starts. Really fun stuff.

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Blogger Bill Reed said...

I must buy this.

9/22/2005 09:59:00 PM  
Blogger Bill Reed said...

Oh, and I'm pretty sure Oscar Wilde *did* kick some ass.

9/22/2005 10:04:00 PM  
Anonymous The Cosh said...

I don't think "kicking" was what he did to it...

9/22/2005 11:14:00 PM  
Blogger kelvingreen said...

But... but, it's a book about homersexyewals! Can't be having that be sold in places where kids are never ever going to find it, no siree!

Yeowell is a fantastic artist that just doesn't get enough exposure in the US market. Shame.

9/23/2005 12:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Iron Lungfish said...

Rather off-topic, but I just read "Kill Your Boyfriend," and I have to say it's one of the absolute worst pieces of cliche wannabe-rebel poseur comics I've ever read. Worse than "The Invisibles." It's amazing to think the same guy who wrote that mindless, faux-nihilist drivel also did New X-Men, We3, and Seaguy.

9/24/2005 10:35:00 PM  
Blogger Cory!! said...

The weird thing about this book is that it was originally done as part of Disney's Adult comics line, and when that line went away, it showed up at DC. I forget what the other books in that line were going to be, but in the end, they all ended up at DC if I remember correctly.

9/25/2005 12:21:00 PM  
Blogger Bill Reed said... didn't like Kill Your Boyfriend?

My God, it's a lovely pop comic.

9/26/2005 10:22:00 PM  
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