This Weeks Finest: Annihilator #6

DIG052984_2by Grant Morrison & Frazer Irving

“Your asking me to jump into a black hole–with you?”

“Think of a man, a woman, and some vulnerable, stupid, precious thing they share. Free falling into oblivion”

This comic is way too complex to explain in a single review here. It’s the most complicated issue in an already complicated series that closes out the story with over 40 pages of content. All I can tell you is, it’s unequivocally beautiful and honest.

The Grant Morrison come back year has been magnificent for fans of his work. Multiversity was his epic DC swan song & Nameless represents the next stage in his evolution as a writer responding to the world as it is now with his maturation of abilities. Annihilator is the odd one, it’s a meta commentary on entertainment & Hollywood published through Christopher Nolan’s production company. And true to it’s ethos, it remained weird and multi-layered to the very end here. To it’s credit, the finale added a whole new dimension to the series that completely re-contextualized it into something profound. In short, it’s about love. Not sappy love or fairy-tale love, but love in this imperfect universe. Love that is fleeting, transformative and ultimately futile as we slowly march towards oblivion, but none the less, deeply important. It’s the only thing that motivates us, which is reflected in our own creations, which is reflecting back as it’s really creating us by making us feel something that is at it’s core, the cause of our existence;  again, it’s complicated. But then it’s not, that’s the beauty of a Grant Morrison comic, it all crystallizes in the end. Maybe not in a way that you can explain with a simple explanation but in a feeling of a deep truth that was always there but suddenly realized. Maybe that’s not easy to understand or too much for readers seeking entertainment as escapism but if you ask me, this world needs a lot more of it.

Artist Frazer Irving is one of comics best and most unique illustrators. His is a surrealism that is far removed from JH Williams/Bil Sienkiewicz fine art leanings to instead, create a type of visual narrative that feels dangerous and disturbing. I always thought Irving’s high point was in those final Morrison issues of Batman & Robin but Annihilator is as good as any of that if not better. His art is a master class in elating the feeling of existential horror and what better fit for such a style as a comic about black holes, the entertainment industry & brain tumors.

Issue #6 of Annihilator is a lot of things and I’m not capable of sharing all of it. I just can’t write that well. All I can say is, it’s perfect.

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