|Issue 29, "The Kingdom of No"|
(However, the previous issue monikered it "The Day the World Turned Day-Glo" which I like better)
Writer: Grant Morrison
This issue starts out with Frenzy (the black illiterate) writing a letter to his mother. He is living in a fabulous mansion and is now at the "Top O'the World, Ma!" The narrative is his actual letter and it is painfully obvious that he is illiterate.
One thing about this story: it is wonderful to see how an angry black illiterate becomes quite grateful for being alive. Oh, well, enough of the Ron Howard stuff...
So, the Compatriots of Chaos, those Zealots of Zaniness, the Brotherhood of Dada decide that they should check out how brother Fog is hanging. Turns out that Crazy Jane was too much for him to eat and *poof*, he "sicked her up whole." In that time, she had traumatized all the other people inside him that he had eaten, and now he's quite happy.
Nearby, they find Crazy Jane.
Fog relates to the rest of the group how a giant horse appeared from
nowhere and jumped into the ocean. "It's one of the Angels of the
Apocalypse, you know -- DEATH, WAR, FAMINE, PLAGUE, and...ah..."
Now, in the background, the rest of the Brotherhood is helping Crazy Jane to her feet. Note, none of them are discussing how they are going to barbecue Jane; they're just helping her to her feet. Morrison is giving us an alternative to violence here.
Jane turns into one of her all-knowing psychic personas and informs the Brotherhood that the world is going to end with the hooves of the fifth rider, "Extinction and Oblivion." (Seems to me that not only do Morrison's characters have extra personalities to spare, but so do his Angels of Destruction.)
The Brotherhood go and free/rescue Cliff and Rebis, and pull them all together on the Symbolist level of the painting (which looks frighteningly similar to the Impressionist level, but never mind).
They see the rider; Jane flips again and teleports (by YET ANOTHER power personality) inside the rider, where a cage is waiting, I guess, for anyone stupid enough to get inside a 200-foot-tall giant.
Rebis suddenly becomes telepathic and the whole group, at the urging of Mr. Nobody, decides to hold hands for what he calls a "Groovy love-in!"
Outside the painting, Superman and the rest of the world's superheroes are congregating, waiting for the Fifth Horseman to ride out and destroy the world. Inside the painting, DP and the Brotherhood manage to send Jane and the rider into the Dada genre.
Suddenly, the horse appears from the painting and superheroes scatter, waiting to pounce or to be pounced upon by ...
A rocking horse.
Deep, huh? Inside the painting, the Brotherhood decide to go down with the ship (even though it is a painting) and Rebis and Cliff jump out just before everything breaks up.
The painting is placed back in the vault and Frenzy finishes his letter.
And Jane, well, Jane is in a coma.
p. 4: The Cubist level, I presume.
p. 8: The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, of course, are from Revelation, Chapter 6.
p. 14: "The Banana Splits" was a real children's show in the US, during the 70's. I remember them clearly. Fans may be interested to know that a cover version of their theme song is available on the Dickies' compilation album _Great Dictations_.
p. 22: "Like pigs from a gun" is a line from the Beatles song "I Am the Walrus", by John Lennon. A very Dada song, on _Magical Mystery Tour_.
The hobbyhorse at the end is a devious pun. The word Dada was chosen at random from a book to be the name of the nonsense-first art movement. The word is a French children's word for "hobbyhorse". It seems that there was meaning there after all!
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