o Grant Morrison (Writer)
o John Ridgway (Artist)
o Daniel Vozzo (Colors)
o Clem Robins (Letterer)
o Julie Rottenberg (Ass. Editor)
o Stuart Moore (Editor)

The Invisibles created by Grant Morrison

A butler who was sent by the Invisibles to kill a 'Royal Monster' has lost contact with his group, and has become fascinated with the beast. His life has collapsed. His estranged daughter appears as one of the homeless that Sir Miles rounds up for a hunt, and suddenly he feels the need to rescue her from his 'employers'. The homeless are released for the Monster to hunt and devour. The butler attempts to save his daughter only to find out that she works for the other side, and wanted to trap him. Sir Miles' assistant threatens to kill her in return for all the information that the butler has about the Invisibles. When he finally agrees to provide it, they kill her anyway - they already have all the information that they need. Later, the butler is tied up and left for the Monster to eat...


o The Moonchild/Shoggoth
o Jeremy Sutton
o Sir Miles
o Kate Sutton


o HP. Lovecraft

Annotations [Royal Monsters]

o [page 1] [panel 6] Jean Cocteau (1889-1963): "French poet, novelist, dramatist, essayist, film writer and director. In the vanguard of almost every experimental artistic movement in the first half of the 20th century, particularly cubism and surrealism... [friends with] Picasso, Stravinsky... " [Benet's] His most famous film is probably 1945's La Belle et la bete ("The Beauty and the Beast"). [JB]

o [page 2] There's a creature in Lovecraft's dream stories very similar to the, uh, Earl of Strathmore, called the moonbeast. [RM]

o [page 4] [panel 2] Sir Miles' birthday wish will come more or less true. Be careful what you wish for, you might get it. [BSI] panel 3: Isn't it unusual, even for a high brow aristrocat like Sir Miles, to refer to Dane as "the McGowan creature"? Does he regard Dane as non-human? [RL] [panel 4] Sir Miles introduces the theme of the Coronation. [PV]

o [page 5] [panel 3] The homeless girl with spiked purple hair from 1.02 re-appears. [JB]

o [page 6] [panel 1] Macbeth was Thain of Glamis and this is apparently his castle (Duncan being the King he murdered). It is indeed in Scotland. [L] [panel 4] Lord Halifax's famous ghost book is an attempt to list every haunted place in UK. [PV] panel 5: "Haunted Britain" by Anthony D. Hippisley Coxe (Pan, 1973). It says of Glamis castle "whatever the truth is, the 15th Earl, the great grandfather of Queen Elizabeth II, said 'If you could only guess the nature of the secret, you would go down on your knees and thank God it was not yours.'" The book also says that it was the Queen Mother's favourite haunt and there was a minor scandal a few years ago when some of her cousins were found to be residents in one of our psychiatric hospitals. In another reference, the "secret" is said to be the rightful heir to the Earldom which lived for almost 200 years until the 1920s. [AD]

o [page 7] This discussion centers on the then-alive Princess Diana of Wales, her divorce from Prince Charles and the resulting anticipation of the impending collapse of the Royal Family. Sir Miles claims that Diana's "firstborn [William] was to have been the moon-child, the incarnate shadow-king of a new England, the terrible messiah of the dark millenium." [JB] panel five: An "etheric window" is a place in material reality where the spirit world/astral plane is very close, or bleeds through. Haunted houses are etheric windows, as well as fairy rings, graveyards, etc. Mister Six actually creates one when he heals the rift in reality brought upon by the King-of-all-Tears in 1.24. [R]

o [page 12] [panel 1] The butler is reading a book written by Kirk Morrison (King Mob's secret, or former identity). [PV] "The Killing Moon" is, of course, a common phrase, but knowing Grant's pop music tastes, it may also be a nod to the Echo & the Bunnymen song of the same name. [JB]

o [page 14] [panel 6] "The game's afoot": A Sherlock Holmes quote. [L]

o [page 15] [panel 4] The monster is the son of an alien probe and a member of the royal family. Maybe the Archons are trying to conquer the Earth and this monster could be the future leader of the new interacial society? [PV]

o [page 20] Kate reveals she is one of "them." Her friendship with Dane in 1.02 was no accident--which makes her line of questioning in that issue take on a whole new light... [JB]