Creator’s Corner: Grant Morrison

By Ben Gritz | August 4 2022 | General

Few comic writers have left as indelible a footprint on the modern comic medium as Grant Morrison.  They have a unique ability to combine insight and philosophy along with action and excitement.  They have succeeded both as a critical darling and a commercial juggernaut.  They have breathed new life into established characters and created their own new stories.

Morrison first entered the American comics scene during the comics “British invasion” in the 1980s, with their first breakthrough work Animal Man for DC Comics, famous for its use of “breaking the fourth wall.”  While Animal Man was not the first comic to directly include the author in the story, Morrison’s ability to infuse meta commentary as both a narrative device and a meditation on the medium and industry is both creatively interesting and still insightful today.  Most importantly, it’s Morrison’s treatment of the fictional character Buddy Baker as a real person that is both touchingly humanistic and is existentially impactful.  Refusing to see a separation between the real and the imaginary continues to be a hallmark of their work.

Morrison’s reputation and success would only grow over the next few decades. They recentered the Justice League around its most iconic membership while filling the pages with “widescreen” action scenes.  Their lengthy collaboration with artist Frank Quitely resulted in momentous runs on New X-Men and All-Star Superman, while also writing a multi-year long Batman epic spanning multiple titles.  They also produced great creator-owned material, such as the television-adapted series Happy! and their seminal original epic, The Invisibles. They would continue to experiment with nonlinear narratives and infuse their work with countercultural aspects, whether in mainstream commercial work or independently.

 

Grant Morrison has also moved to the realm of prose, first with Supergods and now with their upcoming novel Luda, releasing in September.  Luda involves elements of drag, the mystical arts, and murder, the perfect showcase for how Morrison continues to create original ideas and produce genre-bending work in every medium they touch.

Be sure to take a look at Gizmodo’s excellent interview with Grant Morrison concerning their novel, Luda, and check below for a selection of Grant Morrison titles, everything from their prose work to comics.  Take a dive into something new!

All-Star Superman
978-1-4012-9083-2
Eisner Award Winner: Best New SeriesThe Man of Steel goes toe-to-toe with Bizarro, his oddball twin, and the new character Zibarro, also from the Bizarro planet. And Superman faces the final revenge of Lex Luthor in the form of his own death! All-Star Superman is a spectacular reimagining of the Superman mythos, from the Man of Steel's origin to his greatest foes and beyond.
$29.99 US
Dec 04, 2018
Paperback
304 Pages
DC Comics

Batman by Grant Morrison Omnibus Vol. 1
978-1-4012-8299-8
One of the greatest storytellers of his generation, Grant Morrison's arrival in the world of the Dark Knight changed the character forever.
$75.00 US
Jul 10, 2018
Hardcover
672 Pages
DC Comics

Batman by Grant Morrison Omnibus Vol. 2
978-1-4012-8883-9
Grant Morrison's plunges the Dark Knight into his wildest adventure yet. Batman has proven he can win no matter the odds, but what happens when his opponent is death itself?
$75.00 US
Jun 25, 2019
Hardcover
760 Pages
DC Comics

Batman by Grant Morrison Omnibus Vol. 3
978-1-77950-271-1
The third installment of Grant Morrison's historic run on Batman!
$75.00 US
Aug 25, 2020
Hardcover
688 Pages
DC Comics

Batman: Arkham Asylum New Edition
978-1-77950-433-3
Grant Morrison and Dave McKean's timeless, genre-bending tale BATMAN: ARKHAM ASYLUM is brought back to its classic beauty in this New Edition!
$19.99 US
Jun 30, 2020
Paperback
248 Pages
DC Comics

Doom Patrol Book One
978-1-4012-6312-6
Grant Morrison's definitive run on the DOOM PATROL is re-collected into a new series of graphic novels.
$34.99 US
Feb 23, 2016
Paperback
424 Pages
DC Comics

Doom Patrol Book Three
978-1-4012-6597-7
Grant Morrison's definitive run on DOOM PATROL is re-collected into a new series of graphic novels.
$34.99 US
Apr 04, 2017
Paperback
424 Pages
Vertigo

Doom Patrol Book Two
978-1-4012-6379-9
Grant Morrison's definitive run on the DOOM PATROL is re-collected into a new series of graphic novels.
$34.99 US
Jul 26, 2016
Paperback
448 Pages
Vertigo

The Doom Patrol Omnibus
978-1-4012-4562-7
Grant Morrison's definitive run on the DOOM PATROL collected in one giant omnibus edition
$150.00 US
Aug 05, 2014
Hardcover
1200 Pages
Vertigo

Final Crisis (New Edition)
978-1-4012-4517-7
Re-collecting Grant Morrison's best-selling DC Universe crossover epic, now with brand new additional story pages!
$19.99 US
Apr 22, 2014
Paperback
352 Pages
DC Comics

Final Crisis Omnibus (New Printing)
978-1-77950-140-0
THERE WAS A WAR IN HEAVEN. EVIL WON. NOW DARKSEID, GOD OF APOKOLIPS, HAS FALLEN TO EARTH-AND HE'S UNLEASING HELL.
$150.00 US
Dec 10, 2019
Hardcover
1512 Pages
DC Comics

The Green Lantern Season Two Vol. 1
978-1-77950-553-8
Eisner-Award winning author Grant Morrison and artist Liam Sharp continue their incredible take on the Green Lantern!
$29.99 US
Dec 01, 2020
Hardcover
248 Pages
DC Comics

The Green Lantern Season Two Vol. 2: Ultrawar
978-1-77951-018-1
New York Times bestselling author Grant Morrison and world-renowned artist Liam Sharp are back at it with the next volume of The Green Lantern Season Two. The cliffhanger on The Green Lantern leads to this cataclysmic confrontation...war with the Anti-Matter World.
$24.99 US
Jul 13, 2021
Hardcover
168 Pages
DC Comics

The Green Lantern Vol. 1: Intergalactic Lawman
978-1-4012-9139-6
Legendary writer Grant Morrison is taking Green Lantern back to his roots, exploring the popular hero's role as the universe's best space cop. It's Law and Order in space as Hal Jordan encounters a mysterious alien hiding in plain sight, setting off a chain of events that will bring the Green Lantern Corps to its knees!
$24.99 US
Jul 16, 2019
Hardcover
176 Pages
DC Comics

The Invisibles Book One
978-1-4012-6795-7
Now in paperback, the first volume of the controversial and fan-loved series THE INVISIBLES by Eisner Award winning writer Grant Morrison (ALL-STAR SUPERMAN, BATMAN)!
$24.99 US
Apr 04, 2017
Paperback
328 Pages
Vertigo

JLA by Grant Morrison Omnibus
978-1-77950-499-9
THEY ARE ALIENS, DEMIGODS, METAHUMANS, AND MORTALS DRIVEN BY SHEER WILL...THEY ARE THE WORLD'S GREATEST HEROES...THEY ARE THE JLA.The classic Justice League of America lineup of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman, and Martian Manhunter returns, but while the team members may be familiar, the stakes aren't. This is a dark new era where aliens from another world, evil masterminds, and even the old gods themselves are waiting to test the JLA's mettle. Battles will be fought, allies will be gained and lost, and the League will be pushed to its limits like never before.
$150.00 US
Nov 17, 2020
Hardcover
1504 Pages
DC Comics

The Multiversity Deluxe Edition
978-1-4012-5682-1
Visionary writer Grant Morrison tells an epic tale that spans the 52 Earths of the known DC Multiverse.
$49.99 US
Oct 27, 2015
Hardcover
448 Pages
DC Comics

NEW X-MEN OMNIBUS
9781302949846
Grant Morrison's wildly innovative X-Men saga returns! The X-Men, reimagined with a new look and a new mission, must face weird new threats including evil twins, organ harvesters, sentient bacteria, rebellious mutant youth, power-enhancing street drugs and living weapons! Joined by wicked telepath Emma Frost and mysterious powerhouse Xorn, the X-Men go public - expanding Xavier's school to train a new generation of mutants including the insect-like Angel, the bird-boy Beak, the living sandstorm Dust and eerie telepathic quintuplets the Stepford Cuckoos. And as secondary mutations alter familiar mutants, the team is tested when Emma Frost sets her seductive sights on Cyclops, the all-consuming Phoenix threatens to rise again, and shocking traitors plot the destruction of everything the X-Men have accomplished! Featuring the Shi'ar Imperial Guard, the X-Corporation, Fantomex and more! Collecting NEW X-MEN (2001) #114-154 and ANNUAL #1.
$125.00 US
Jun 27, 2023
Hardcover
1120 Pages
Marvel Universe

NEW X-MEN OMNIBUS [NEW PRINTING, DM ONLY]
9781302949853
Grant Morrison's wildly innovative X-Men saga returns! The X-Men, reimagined with a new look and a new mission, must face weird new threats including evil twins, organ harvesters, sentient bacteria, rebellious mutant youth, power-enhancing street drugs and living weapons! Joined by wicked telepath Emma Frost and mysterious powerhouse Xorn, the X-Men go public - expanding Xavier's school to train a new generation of mutants including the insect-like Angel, the bird-boy Beak, the living sandstorm Dust and eerie telepathic quintuplets the Stepford Cuckoos. And as secondary mutations alter familiar mutants, the team is tested when Emma Frost sets her seductive sights on Cyclops, the all-consuming Phoenix threatens to rise again, and shocking traitors plot the destruction of everything the X-Men have accomplished! Featuring the Shi'ar Imperial Guard, the X-Corporation, Fantomex and more! Collecting NEW X-MEN (2001) #114-154 and ANNUAL #1.
$125.00 US
Jun 27, 2023
Hardcover
1120 Pages
Marvel Universe

Supergods
What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human
978-0-8129-8138-4
For the millions of people who know and love the great pantheon of superheroes, here's a brilliant and wildly entertaining exploration of the phenomenon--the story of how our culture gave birth to these otherworldly heroes, how they've changed as we've changed, and how they've transformed us.
$19.00 US
Jun 26, 2012
Paperback
480 Pages
Random House

Superman and the Authority
978-1-77951-361-8
Fan-favorites Superman and the Authority are brought together by comics superstars Grant Morrison and Mikel Janin!
$24.99 US
Nov 30, 2021
Hardcover
144 Pages
DC Comics

Superman and the Authority
978-1-77951-734-0
Fan-favorites Superman and the Authority are brought together by comics superstars Grant Morrison and Mikel Janin!
$16.99 US
Nov 22, 2022
Paperback
144 Pages
DC Comics

Wonder Woman: Earth One Complete Collection
978-1-77951-691-6
The epic collection of the New York Times bestselling original graphic novel series from superstar and critically acclaimed duo Grant Morrison and Yanick Paquette is here!
$39.99 US
Nov 15, 2022
Paperback
408 Pages
DC Comics