BOOK REVIEW – GRANT MORRISON’S SEAGUY 2004 Vertigo – D C Comics.
Surreal, funny, and ultimately rather sad tale by one of the best comic book authors in the business, telling of the last hero, Seaguy, who is just a disillusioned young man in a wetsuit, dreaming of being a heroic adventurer. Sadly, the real heroes have all gone, died or quit, after they collectively defeated a great evil entity called The Over-Dad. There is no longer any need for heroes in the world.
Seaguy whiles away the day playing chess with Death, who can’t tell good from bad or black from white and therefore easily gets beaten at the game, but who proves to be ruthless at taking souls. Seaguy is reduced to visits to a Disneyland style fairground, and watching TV cartoons. During one, he discovers a new foodstuff, called Xoo, and on trying it, he finds out it is a sentient alien life form and finally has a heroic adventure, in his efforts to protect it from consumption. He hopes to impress the woman he loves, She-Beard, a pirate girl with a beard. She never seems to notice he even exists.
Seaguy’s best friend is a wisecracking, cigar smoking giant flying tuna fish, which eventually dies in Atlantis, and runs off with Death, while Seaguy discovers that the Moon is really an over-ambitious Egyptian pharaoh’s unfinished pyramid. We never see the dark side of the moon because it would reveal the scaffolding to us.
Back on earth, at the fair-ground sponsored by the makers of Xoo, Seaguy is brainwashed into forgetting what he saw and given a parrot as a replacement friend for the Tuna he now forgets, and he starts playing chess with death again.
Despite its innate silliness this story has a very warm heart and a huge sense of fun.
The story only ran for three comics, and is now gathered in a convenient Graphic novel edition.
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