Jan 22, 2017
The 40 Years of Comics Project - Day 697: Annihilator #5, February 2015
Max's plan comes into focus, as much as we can focus on this plan, considering that "our world" is a failed attempt by the antiprotagonist to create a universe. It's a comic about the characters in a universe that has been created for the sake of art. Typical Morrisonian metametatext.
I think one of the things that I love the most about this series, from that metatextual perspective, is that it's quite blatantly demonstrating that the relationship we have with our fictions, especially those that we create, is reciprocal. Max needs his creations, the inhabitants of Ray's universe, to tell him his story, to point out the significance of his own life. I wonder how many authors look at their works from this point of view, not only from how their fictions might affect others, but what they reveal about they themselves? And would it even be possible for an author to look at a work and see it from that perspective, or is that why we have people who are literary critics? We're the people who reveal not only what the text is saying about the culture, but what the text is saying about the person/function (thank you, Foucault!) that transmitted it to us.
Neat. Onward tomorrow to the final issue!