Following comics is complicated and often confusing. Even in mainstream comics, there have been so many retcons, resurrections, and time jumps that even longtime comic book fans can be confused as to what’s happening at any given time. However, there are also comics designed to be complicated, demanding the reader’s full attention.
When it comes to confusing comics, creators like Grant Morrison come to mind because he’s put together stories that are often upsetting if even one thing is missing in a read. There are other comics that are just dense stories, with varied characters that sometimes make it difficult to follow. Reddit has a group of comic book fans who love to both recommend to fellow die-hards and warn new readers about these puzzling books.
Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely created American Pax in 2014 and DC Comics fans were mostly baffled. In the comic, Morrison introduced classic Charlton characters, including Peacemaker, and told the watchmen story, these characters replacing the originals.
The biggest problem is that Morrison told the story in a non-linear fashion, which made it extremely difficult to follow. Redditor TrenchCoatSuperHero pointed this out, writing, “Pax Americana, had to figure out how to read it.”
100 balls was a complete mystery hidden inside an intriguing idea, and it’s one of the best non-superhero comics. A mysterious man gave a person a briefcase with an untraceable gun and 100 bullets to make a choice. The person could take revenge on someone who hurt them or they could take the high road.
Each story had a different resolution and it was all about morality. However, that was only the surface story, as there was a deep story of intrigue surrounding a band called The Minutemen. According to a Redditor, it was the “most convoluted comic” they had ever read.
seven soldiers is another book by Grant Morrison for DC Comics. In this series, Morrison brought back the classic team, Severn Soldiers of Victory, and tasked them with saving the world. It was also a very dense and long series, with seven miniseries and two bookend comics.
Redditor vyruz32 wrote: “It’s pretty wonky since each character/comic had a different backstory. The secret backstory is also quite convoluted. I feel like I should read Wikipedia articles alongside the comic drawn.”
From 1994 to 2000, Grant Morrison wrote the series The Invisibles for the Vertigo footprint. The idea for the series was there, with a secret organization fighting oppression using time travel, magic, meditation, and violence.
When it comes to browsing the comics, Redditor J0shd0gge struggled. He simply wrote: “Invisibles is sometimes difficult to follow” compared to reading Doom Patrolwhich he said was “pretty weird but it’s more conceptual”.
In 2015, Grant Morrison was at Image Comics and created the classic but puzzling comic Nameless with artist Chris Burnham. The comic is about an occult con artist known as Nameless who is hired by a group of billionaire futurists to save the world.
While it was called a confusing and complicated book, Redditor Lux_Veritatis_ explained it. “it’s rather convoluted but not to the point where the reader has no idea what’s going on…as with almost all of Morrison’s books, a re-read is required for a full understanding.”
In 1998, Warren Ellis and John Cassaday created the comic book series Planetary. It was part of the DC Comics imprint called Wildstorm and it ran for 27 issues, spanning 10 years. In the story, a group called the Archaeologists of the Impossible set out to learn the secret history of the world.
The story then goes on to show that there is another group that wants to protect the secrets and will do anything to achieve that goal. Redditor Ozymandias86 wrote, “There were times but I couldn’t keep up!”
After Final CrisisGrant Morrison created The multiversity. These comics have primarily served as a look at the various DC Universes after reboots in the past. The idea was that there were five universes thanks to events like Crisis on Infinite Earths.
Morrison had variant characters from each of the Earths to battle an invading parasite. Redditor Caped-Crus8er wrote “I thought I was reading ‘The Multiversity’ by Morrison. ERROR! It was one of the most confusing and disjointed comic book series I’ve ever read.”
Saga remains one of the most beloved science fiction comics ever written. It was so popular that when it was relaunched this year it was an instant bestseller. Saga follows Alana and Marko, a couple whose worlds are at war with each other, who go on the run with their daughter, Hazel.
However, not everyone found it easy to read. Redditor pestes138 said it came highly recommended, but “it’s so hard to explain to people what it’s about. but it’s worth reading. and did i mention it’s weird like hell?”
Thanks to HBO Max, Doom Patrol is one of DC Comics’ most popular hidden secrets brought to life. As a team, Doom Patrol has been around for a long time, and some people think the X-Men have been a Doom Patrol ripoff since they were the first.
However, there are a lot of weird things about these comics that puzzle them to read, including a hero who is just a street. Redditor Tommy Monaghan wrote: “I FINALLY finished Grant Morrison’s Doom Patrol series. It was a wild ride, entertaining and challenging, when not confusing.”
When it comes to the main DC Comics timeline, the company often veers between simple stories and convoluted, intricate stories that fans need a roadmap to navigate. Final Crisis was the last type of story, which makes sense because Grant Morrison plotted the series.
The book was DC’s greatest attempt at a Crisis reboot and when a Redditor asked for help figuring it out, mugenhunt said there was no way. “Final Crisis is meant to be confusing. No connection will make it any less.”
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