Yesterday I reviewed Blood Standard, today, this. I don’t know what’s possessed me. Hopefully not an ancient interstellar race that dwells in the empty spaces between stars.
Nameless, by Grant Morrison and Chris Burnham. Even though I love graphic novels and spend enough money on them, I haven’t paid enough attention to the writers and so, I’m somewhat ignorant of their styles, their reputations, their body of work. I can name four or five comic writers off the top of my head and three of them would be novelists I know personally who’ve made that transition. The other would be Cullen Bunn whose work never fails to entertain me.
I bought Nameless solely on the cover – astronauts with magical symbols all over! Sold! – and then recognized Grant Morrison’s name later. But that’s it: I recognize his name, but I don’t know what he’s written. His bio at the back of Nameless indicates he is a badass in the comics world, and he kinda looks like a comic book villain, so I’m digging the vibe. I like how in Burnham’s photo he’s getting peed on by his bambino. A little yin to Morrison’s yang.
Anywho, there’s a giant meteor heading towards earth, it’s riddled with intelligently-created structures, there’s a big ass glyph (or Enochian symbol) on it. The team that’s going to Armageddon it (that, my friends, is two references in one: two very bad references. You’re welcome) but they bring along a supernatural exorcist-y guy to advise. He knows Enochian and has some supernatural baggage (I think). Turns out some weird shit is going on.
The story has the dreamlike, one-event-does-not-relate-or-follow-another quality of a Heavy Metal piece from the mid-eighties, and I really loved that about Nameless. It’s got some shocking imagery, and a fascinating premise that it fulfills, mostly. The art, in places, reminds me of Richard Corben’s work, from the same era Heavy Metal. I quite enjoyed it.
If I was going to wrap it up in a non-spoilery blurb (I’m not even sure I could spoil it), I’d say it was a space-adventure meets Lovecraftian horror tale with a little Event Horizon, The Puppet Masters and Alien thrown in for good measure.