o Grant Morrison (Writer)
o Phil Jiminez (Pencils)
o John Stokes (Inks)
o Daniel Vozzo (Colors)
o Todd Klein (Letters)
o Shelly Roeberg (Editor)

The Invisibles created by Grant Morrison


The Invisibles have been recuperating in America at the home of Mason Lang. King Mob and Ragged Robin are now going out with one another. Jolly Roger turns up, she has lost most of her cell getting into a military installation where they have an HIV antiviral agent. She wants to go back in with King Mob's cell to retrieve it. However, the Invisibles don't know that she is under the control of Quimper and that the whole thing is a trap....


o Jolly Roger
o King Mob
o Ragged Robin
o Mason Lang
o Elfayed
o Boy
o Lord Fanny
o Quimper
o Bambi
o Bobby
o Colonel Friday



The titles of the "Black Science" story arc (Bangin', Kickin' Sorted, and Safe) are all English dance music (or am I supposed to say "electronica"?) slang phrases. [JBU] 'Bangin' refers to the drumbeats of tunes. Also it's a euphemism for sex, a la Robin and KM on page 8.[L]

o [page 1] "It's the end of the word as we know it": A reference to "It's the End of the World as We Know It" by REM? "The word" as in "The Word" of the Bible? The "word" of Key 17 from 1.24? [JB]

o [page 4] King Mob's shirt has a picture of Cuban revolutionary Che Guevera on it. [CE]

o [page 6] [panel 1] Robin's "Nice and Smooth" echoes the first words spoken by King Mob on page 1, panel 4 in 1.01. [CE] Is this indicative of something? The first volume to a large extent revolved around KM. In addition, he was the leader of the cell during this time. Perhaps Robin's saying this first thing in this volume means that Volume 2 is primarily about her (which holds true for most of the run so far) and that she is the leader. We'll see when Vol. 3 starts up how well this theory holds up. [CG]

o [page 7] [panel 3] "The horror, the horror": A reference to Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness as well, of course, to Coppola's film Apocalypse Now. [CG]

o [page 9] [panel 3] Mason is very similar to Bruce Wayne (a.k.a.Batman). Like Batman, when he was very young something happened to him that really changed his life. [PV]

o [page 11] [panel 2] Those look more like Quimper-faces than aliens to me... [RD] [panel 3] This whole "liquid information" bit reminds me of Philip K. Dick's VALIS, which talks a lot about unusual transmission media for information and postulates a god who is in fact made of liquid information (see 2.04) [RD] [panel 5] "Did they try to teach you a language?": This seems to refernce the common experiences of DMT users, who often report that, after injesting the drug, enter a realm in which bouncing globes or dwarves (I forget what Terence McKenna calls them) try to gift you with a new kind of language. [JB] "They use emotional aggregates...": This ties in with Columbine's "They talk in emotional aggregates" in 2.07 p18 panel 3, spoken apparently with regards to Jack and Fanny. [CE]

o [page 12] [panel 2] There's a face reflected in the liquid that is in the glass. Who is she/he?It's certainly not Mason's reflection, because of the position of his head. It could be KM, but the next panel shows that he's sitting down. Could it be an "anticipation" of Jolly Roger's arrival: she is nearly bald, too. I think it could be an association to the liquid information Mason's talking about. [CI]

o [page 13] [panel 3] "Little Fluffy Clouds" is a song by The Orb. The opening dialogue/lyrics to the song go like this, which works nicely with the photo Robin is holding: MALE VOICE: What were the skies like when you were young? FEMALE VOICE: The ran on forever when I was... we lived in Arizona, and the skies always had little fluffy clouds in them. They were long and clear and there were lots of stars at night... Dunno if this is significant or not, but it is mostly appropriate for the storyline, with 1) Robin appearing as a child in the southwest US (NM not AZ, I realize) and Takashi's "time-as-cartoon-background" theory, and if you want to read *way* too far into it, the shots of a starry starry sky during the LSD scenes. [CE] [panel 5] I believe this is the first time King Mob is shown with an eyebrow ring. [CE]

o [page 14] [panel 7] Notice that the shooting target has a "Mod"/target symbol on its chest. King Mob wears a t-shirt with identical target symbol placement on it, tying into what seems to be a recurring theme of King Mob's imminent demise throughout v2. [CE]

o [page 15] [panel 1] "listen to the voice of Buddha": opening and oft-reoccuring line from the Human League song "Being Boiled." [RL] [panel 2] Jeeves was Bertie Wooster's butler in P.G. Wodehouse's stories. [JBU]

o [page 17] From The New Scientist, 14/11/92: "Galvanized into action by the discovery that the US Congress had voted to give the US Army millions of dollars to test a controversial new AIDS vaccine, the country's most senior health officials and AIDS researchers met last week to consider whether to put the breaks on the trial." $20 million was put aside for the Department of Defense to conduct a trial of gp160, a protein from the coat of HIV. Early reports suggested a reduction in the amount of virus from the injection of this protein. The director of the NIH found none of the [family of] vaccines had any 'consistent effect' on the amount of virus. [JBU] [panel 2]: popular conspiracy theory: the CIA invented AIDS. [RL] AIDS as covert biological warfare? See for a doctor's point-of-view. [While you're there, check out the whole site - paranoid conspiracy theory with a mystical twist. Great stuff.] [Z] [panel 3] Ebola: a virus causing severe hemorrhagic fevers. Ebola virus first emerged in two major disease outbreaks which occurred almost simultaneously in Zaire and Sudan in 1976. Over 500 cases were reported, with mortality rates of 88% in Zaire and 53% in Sudan. Following incubation periods of 4-16 days, onset is sudden, marked by fever, chills, headache, anorexia and myalgia. These signs are soon followed by nausea, vomiting, sore throat, abdominal pain and diarrhea. When first examined, patients are usually overtly ill, dehydrated, apathetic and disoriented. Pharyngeal and conjunctival injections are usual. Most of the patients develop severe hemorrhagic manifestations, usually between days 5 and 7. Bleeding is often from multiple sites, with the gastrointestinal tract, lungs and gingiva the most commonly involved. Bleeding and oropharyngeal lesions usually herald a fatal outcome. Death occurs between days 7 and 16, usually from shock with or without severe blood loss. (From the website "MARBURG AND EBOLA VIRUSES, Hans-Dieter Klenk, Werner Slenczka and Heinz Feldmann, Institut Fur Virologie Philipps Universitaet, Marburg Germany"). In 1995 in Zaire the virus killed 245 people. [RL]

o [page 18] [panel 1]: The entity in the beam is explained in 2.02, page 8. [RL]

o [page 19] [panel 4] Yet another Robert Anton Wilson association, as the number 23 ties heavily into RAW and Robert Shea's "Illuminatus" trilogy. [CE] "23" is the number of ruin according to the I Ching. See 1.9 [PV]

o [page 20] Mason's theory about Pulp Fiction has been widely circulated on the Net since the movie came out in 1994. (Quentin Tarantino denies the story, but of course he would even if it were true, wouldn't he?) Had anyone heard Mason's Speed theory before, or can we assume that it's Morrison's creation? [RM]

o [page 22] [panel 2] "Well is that you, John Wayne? Is this me?" Can anyone ID the movie this is from? It's a line that people often use to make it clear they're doing a John Wayne impression--just as you might say "I am not a crook" to do a Nixon impression or "a rilly big shew" to do Ed Sullivan. [RM] This quote comes from Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket, wherein someone mutters it to mock the badass drill sergeant Hartman... [CE]