It's very rare that I impulse buy a book these days. Usually, I've read the solicits/news/hype about a book months before it comes out, so when I go into my LCS, it's the pull-list plus maybe 1 or 2 books. Today I picked up 'Wild Children' from Image not because I liked the sound of the title (I didn't), nor because I'd heard of the writer (Ales Kot) not even because I enjoyed the artist's work on Proof and Cowboy Ninja Viking(Riley Rosmo) but because the graphic design of the cover was so stark, minimalist and thus according to my taste; perfect.
The set-up for the story is that a group of intelligent teenagers take over/occupy their school. The actions and events that follow clearly take their influence from the Invisibles and the sources Morrison plundered for that series, such as the Lindsay Anderson film 'If', Philip K Dick, David Bohm and Terrence Mckenna. Nevertheless, despite this, the book still feels refreshing, uplifting and original.
When Grant Morrison wrote the Invisibles, he always imagined it as a literary hand-grenade, exploding his ideas and creating a generation of star-children. It's taken 12 years but 'Wild Children' this seems like the first fruit of those admitedly improbable ambitions. This book feels like it was written just for me and I loved it. If you haven't done so already, I strongly recommend you pick this up ($7.99- 56 pages- prestige format). I'd also love to know if I'm alone in thinking that this is, by some margin, the best comic this year.* *all hyperbole above is intended- I cannot stress how much I enjoyed this book. If I read a book and it's just okay, I don't tend to write about it.