Annihilator #1 + #2
Writer: Grant Morrison
Art: Frazer Irving
Publisher: Legendary Comics
Released: September 10th, 2014, October 8th 2014
From the murky depths of the mind of Grant Morrison and the absolutely stunning art and page work by Frazer Irving, comes a different graphic novel series that tackles the supernatural world crossing into the real world all led by a washed up Hollywood script writer facing death, Ray Spass. In the first issue “Deal With The Devil”, the story begins with this science fiction script writer looking into buying real estate in the Hollywood hills but he is especially interested in the haunted mansion with the never ending sink hole in the front yard. As Ray has this script he’s been working on about a space tyrant named Max Nomax who is on a mission to stop the universe from imploding. As he is binge drinking, taking drugs and having wild orgies, he is working on his script at times when inspiration hits.
As it turns out, while in a diner pitching his script to a producer over breakfast, Ray Spass starts hallucinating and passes out right there at the diner. Upon being rushed to the hospital, he awakens to discover that with x-rays taken of his body he has developed an inoperable brain tumor at the top of his brain. This becomes a devastating event for Ray as he has yet to truly figure out what all of this means for him and his future. In a state of depression Ray downs a bottle of booze and draws his revolver, placing it at his chin ready to pull the trigger. He never pulls that trigger as he is then confronted in his house by the fictional character from his script, Max Nomax.
The second issue, “God Hates You”, continues the story from the moment that Ray Spass is having meeting Max Nomax for the first time is his own house. Ray begins to seriously doubt reality and aims the pistol at Max Nomax, but it is soon realized that Max has some secret powers that can defuse Ray. Max then tells Ray that inside his brain is not just a tumor but a hidden packet of truths from which a story can be drawn from and at this point the two team up and Ray sets down to further his script.
As the two are writing and bickering at each other, the FBI break into Ray’s house and end up arresting Max Nomax. Max is too powerful for the FBI and ends up disarming the handcuffs and putting the very same handcuffs on the FBI agents trying to apprehend Max. Ray and Max escape and drive to a diner in Hollywood. They have serious discussion about what’s happening and why things are happening, but the point is that his fictional universe that he wrote about in his script is now colliding with his own universe/reality and with the secrets in his mind, Ray Spass holds the key of destiny for his universe.
Annihilator issues one and two are fantastic pieces of work. The science fiction is top notch with lots of imagination and original concepts in regards to the lore being set up behind the force that aims to destroy the universe. Max Nomax is almost perceived as a space pirate and I find it clever that his partner is a creepy little teddy bear that sings to him. Grant Morrison’s writing is perfect but it’s not hard to see how the writing is so on point, as Morrison has previously written stories similar to Annihilator that deal with dimensions and realities crossing paths such as Multiversity or JLA: Rock of Ages for example. Frazer Irving has done some of thee best art work I have ever seen come from a comic. His art fills in the triple D criteria: dark, detailed, and dynamic. The colours used in this comic seemingly use the full palate and offers an amazing range of beautiful compliments to the art itself. The art is the biggest reason that I enjoy this book among Grant Morrison’s work as a writer. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in reading a new science fiction story where imagination is literally the limit, and to anyone who seriously appreciates great art work and lots of outstanding colour. I rate this book 4 brain tumors filled with adventure out of 5.
~ Tyler Head