Grant Morrison

Book - 2016

With the asteroid Xibalba on a collision course with Earth, a group of billionaire futurists recruits the occult hustler Nameless for a mission to save the world.

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Science fiction comics
Comics (Graphic works)
Graphic novels
Berkeley, CA : Image Comics [2016]
Item Description
"First published in single magazine format as Nameless #1-6"--Title page verso.
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 29 cm
"Rated: M/Mature"--Page 4 of cover.
Main Author
Grant Morrison (author)
Other Authors
Chris Burnham, 1977- (artist), Nathan Fairbairn (colourist), Simon Bowland (letterer), Drew Gill (designer), Rian Hughes (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

As Xibalba hurtles toward Earth, a group of astronauts and a nameless occult expert launch an attempt to intercept the asteroid and steer it off course. The group soon realizes that the asteroid is something far more menacing—a remnant of a life-hating alien race—and that they must now fight this alien madness and each other to survive. Known for his ambiguous works, Morrison's Nameless is bit of a rabbit hole, void of normal reason and understanding. The narrative unforgivingly switches between reality and insane dreams, leaving the reader to decipher what's truly happening. Heavy mythology and alien language is spouted rapidly and without exposition, which may further frustrate readers. And in true Lovecraftian fashion, the ending gives only more questions than concrete answers. Burnham's twisted art is full of graphic violence and dripping gore. Dismemberments and disfigurements abound, seemingly more disgusting than truly terrifying. Certainly not a book for everyone and one definitely destined for the adult shelves but perfect for the sci-fi horror niche-audience. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Review by PW Annex Reviews

The journey is more important than the destination in this occult SF mind-bender from Morrison (Doom Patrol), a writer who knows his way around mind-benders. A man known only as Nameless is on the run through city streets, fleeing from lizard-like creatures with an item called the Dream Key in his possession. The story jumps from place to place with confusing intention, and disparate narratives—a space mission to stop an asteroid from colliding with Earth, a haunted house séance featuring the luminaries of the occult world—trade places in alarming succession, their scenes linked by the appearance of appropriately gross celestial monsters. This is one of those rare comics where the author's afterword is immensely helpful, providing some fascinating method to the muddle. Covering his thematic influences and analyzing Burnham's layouts as an effort to break away from the cinema's stranglehold on comics, Morrison provides an intriguing springboard to not only a second reading, but further investigations into the areas of his obsessions. (Mar.) [Page ]. Copyright 2016 PWxyz LLC

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"Nameless" is a hustler recruited by billionaires to save the world from an incoming asteroid, but when he and his crew inadvertently unleash an ancient powerful being imprisoned on the space rock, terror ensues.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

NAMELESS tells the story of a down-at-heel occult hustler known only as "Nameless" who is recruited by a consortium of billionaire futurists as part of a desperate mission to save the world. A massive asteroid named Xibalba - the "Place of Fear" in Mayan mythology - is on collision course with the planet Earth and if that wasn't trouble enough, the asteroid has an enormous magical symbol carved into its side and is revealed to be a fragment of our solar system's lost fifth planet, Marduk, destroyed 65 million years ago at the end of an epic cosmic war between the inhabitants of Marduk and immensely-powerful, life-hating, extra-dimensional "gods". One of those beings is still alive, imprisoned on Xibalba, dreaming of its ultimate revenge on all that exists. When Nameless and his team-mates inadvertently unleash this malignant soul-destroying intelligence, the stage is set for a nightmarish, nihilistic journey to the outer reaches of human terror.