In the confusion of the fight Sax suffers a heart attack. When he recovers he starts seeing a little blue winged horse called Happy. Happy is not an hallucination, he is an imaginary friend but not Sax's. No, Happy is the imaginary friend of a little girl that needs Sax help desperately.
This has all the hallmarks of Grant Morrison's comic book writing insanity. Happy! blends the limits of the real and the surreal world. Darick Robertson puts that insanity on paper like few can.
How is it?
Its no secret I'm a Grant Morrison fan. Why? Because of books like Happy!. Morrison is one of those writers that blend styles and pushes limits. Of course not all is good, but at least he aims high and delivers unique and original stories.
|Hi, I'm Happy!|
This is a redemption story. There's no attempt at hiding it, on the contrary. Nick Sax was once a good man and Happy is giving him a chance to be one again. Speaking of Happy, he is a sort of meta-characters, living the between Nick Sax's world and the writer's. He knows stuff that he shouldn't, he parodies his own story and is very self-conscious about his existence.
Nick Sax's relationship with Happy is the soul of the book. Sax's journey, while somewhat orthodox (considering its Morrison), is a cool one. I guess its as cool as your take on the character of Happy. Just remember he is 1,2,3,4,5 grades above an hallucination.
Art wise Darick Robertson does a great job. His pencils are sexy when they need to be, fluffy and cuddly when Happy is around, perverted when Santa is in the scene and violently gory the rest of the time. I particularly loved the detail he puts on the characters.
Even if you don't enjoy most of Morrison's trippy work, give Happy! a chance. Its 96 pages of intense story telling and compelling art. But keep it away from children and impressionable souls.
Publisher: Image Comics
Authors: Grant Morrison, Darick Robertson
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