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Words by Grant Morrison - Art by Cameron Stewart - Published by DC Comics (US), Titan Books (UK) - First published 2005 - Originally published as Seaguy 1-3
Grant Morrison is famed for his weird and wonderful approach to comics, often using the surreal and the bizarre in an attempt to demonstrate the evils of the world around us. Seaguy is a satirical work that focuses on a redundant hero in an odd post-utopian world that doesn't need him. Naturally, everything isn't quite what it seems, and while finding an alternative reason for tearing himself away from the TV (the heart of a worthy but bearded woman) he discovers that his utopian world isn't everything it's cracked up to be.
As with most recent Morrison, the book is overflowing with bizarre ideas and concepts, from the ancient Egyptian Pharaoh who built the Moon instead of a pyramid, to Seaguy's cigar-chomping sidekick - a gravity-defying tuna that hates water. It's a barrage on the reader's sensibilities and we'd argue there's two much in here for this simple three-chapter book. The message is easily lost amongst the chaos, and without a point there's nothing more to the book than a series of vignettes, seemingly interconnected by nothing but the central character.
As is usually the case with Morrison's art partners, Stewart does a great job of keeping up with the bizarre requests made of him and adds a lot of character to the book with his clean style and attention to background detail.
On the surface, Seaguy is a surreal romp through a very strange world peopled by bizarre characters. Scratch the surface and Morrison's telling us something about the world we live in - it's just hard work to figure out what it is. Morrison fans will doubtless be delighted but it's no easy route in to his surreal imagination.
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