Cos­mic Thing

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Pub­lisher: Im­age Comics Writer: Grant Mor­ri­son Artist: Chris Burn­ham

He’s re­spon­si­ble for some of the weird­est main­stream comics ever, so when Grant Mor­ri­son writes a hor­ror story, it’s wise to brace your­self. Name­less doesn’t mess around when it comes to vi­o­lence and gore, but it’s in the com­bined ap­proaches of Mor­ri­son and artis­tic col­lab­o­ra­tor Chris Burn­ham that this six- is­sue minis­eries finds its bizarre and dis­turb­ing voice.

The story fol­lows a foul- mouthed oc­cult dream- thief known only as Name­less, who’s hired by a bil­lion­aire to em­bark on a sur­real mission to save the world. A gi­gan­tic as­ter­oid is about to col­lide with Earth and a team of sci­en­tists are out to stop it with the help of rit­ual magic – but when they dis­cover what’s wait­ing in­side the as­ter­oid, it soon be­comes clear that hu­man­ity is about to en­counter some­thing god- like and ter­ri­fy­ing…

Mor­ri­son’s script throws to­gether a host of in­flu­ences into a typ­i­cally dense story which, three is­sues in, is only just start­ing to re­veal its se­crets. Char­ac­ter­i­sa­tion is a lit­tle thin, but the story’s am­bi­tion is im­pres­sive, while the brood­ing at­mos­phere of cos­mic, un­know­able hor­ror owes just as much to Chris Burn­ham’s clammy, imag­i­na­tive art­work.

The comic’s vi­su­als show the same kind of cre­ative lay­outs and in­ven­tive en­ergy pre­vi­ously seen in Burn­ham’s work on Bat­man: In­cor­po­rated, blended with mo­ments of fe­ro­cious hor­ror that aren’t eas­ily un­seen. Name­less isn’t yet top- grade Mor­riso­nian mad­ness, but it’s still a blis­ter­ingly dark and well- crafted night­mare that al­ready looks to be head­ing to­wards a se­ri­ously mind- bend­ing cli­max. Saxon Bul­lock

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