Thursday, April 09, 2009

Seaguy: Slaves of Mickey Eye #1 (of 3)

Grant Morrison & Cameron Stewart
Between Batman gigs, Grant Morrison returns to his fan-favorite Vertigo character Seaguy in the second of three trilogies following the young would-be hero. It's been years since the last trilogy, so I didn't recall too much before reading this issue except the big stuff - mainly, that his best friend died. But this is a book where you don't really have to have read the original series to get what's going on. I'd forgotten that Seaguy was captured by Mickey Eye and brainwashed, then given a new partner, but it was pretty easy to discern within the context of this issue. For those who remembered the death of Chubby, his chain-smoking fish buddy, Seaguy sees shadowy fish tails here and there as he slowly begins to recall things from his past life, and there's a nice little homage in the form of Claudette, his pet fish that he accidentally let die in the opening scene, neglecting to feed her while he was on vacation with his new partner, the parrot Lucky (who is working for Mickey Eye to keep an eye on the insubordinate Seaguy). Still, there are a few things I did miss by not rereading the original Seaguy before this issue, like the bearded woman that he wishes to impress. Even with a little cameo appearance by the character, I didn't recall her until I read a synopsis of the first trilogy after this issue. But is it really necessary to recall every detail of the first trilogy to enjoy this issue? Certainly not. It helps, but I feel like there's so much symbolism in the goings-on of this book as is that I'm going to be missing things either way. I think when all is said and done and the entire Seaguy epic is finished, there will be plenty of discussion and dissection into the many layers of the book. But for now, I'm just going to sit back and enjoy it one issue at a time.

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