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Rose’s Little Brother on Seaguy

Several months ago, Rose and I lent her brother Seaguy #1-3 after extracting a promise that he would tell us what he thought about them. The idea was to get a thirteen-year-old’s perspective on an esoteric Grant Morrison comic book and present it for the benefit of the comics blogosphere. Rose mentioned a few weeks ago that I never got around to posting about this, so here it is now, a thirteen-year-old’s thoughts on Seaguy:

Rose’s brother:

I liked them. They were kind of confusing, though. For example, what are the “Mickey Eye” people doing everywhere? What exactly is the Xoo? What is that giant beetle doing on the moon and why did it stop the revolution of the moon?

Do you have the fourth one?


Unfortunately, there isn’t a fourth one, yet. This is a complete story, but there may be another story later.

Do you have any theories about what Micky Eye and its people are doing, or what Xoo is? I have my own ideas, but I wonder what yours are.

Rose’s brother:

Mickey Eye is these things, since they’re in the comic-
-They’re against the Xoo people.
-They’re trying to wake up the beetle or something.
-They are very wide spread.
-They have plenty of money.

Xoo is these things-
-A substance made that can become conscious.
-Manufactured for use for anything.

So these are my ideas-
1= Mickey Eye is an evil organization that wants to wake up the beetle to take over the world, and Xoo is the only thing in its way.

2= Mickey Eye is an organization that wants to stop Xoo’s spread because Xoo is too powerful, or a threat to their power. The beetle is the only thing that can stop Xoo, and Mickey Eye is trying to wake it up.

3= Mickey Eye and the people who make Xoo are both evil and want to take over each other, and the people who make Xoo created Xoo to destroy Mickey Eye. Mickey Eye is planning to counter with the beetle.

4= Mickey Eye and Xoo are working together, for reasons unknown.

What do you think?


I think everything you say makes sense to me. I don’t know how Xoo fits into the big picture—it seems to be a wild card. Mickey Eye made (or discovered, it’s hard to tell) Xoo, but it can’t control Xoo. I think what Xoo is, basically, is the New. I mean, not any specific new thing that Mickey Eye has invented, but a strange physical manifestation of the abstract concept of novelty—that’s why it can be used for anything. Mickey Eye wants to control how people are exposed to new things, and they want to control how people think about new things, but Xoo (New) is too powerful, especially with meddling heroes like Seaguy getting involved.

And as for Mickey Eye, I think it’s supposed to remind us of Disney (hence the “Mickey” mascot and the amusement parks). Not that Disney is as powerful as Mickey Eye, obviously, but just imagine what things would be like if Mickey Mouse ruled the world: the whole world would be Disney World. Disney World is the happiest place on Earth, but it would surely get oppressive if you always had to live in manufactured bliss and weren’t allowed to stop being happy. That’s the world Seaguy lives in.

(By the way, does anybody remember which blogger first came up with the Xoo/New idea? I remember reading about it when Seaguy #1 came out, but I don’t remember where.)


  1. David Fiore says:

    this was wonderful Steven–thanks! (and thanks Rose’s “Brother”!)

    I’m not sure where the Xoo/”The New” idea came from either–but I like it too!

    Another (very much related) way to think about Xoo, is as an analogue for The Filth’s “I-Life”…

    perhaps Matt Rossi will head in that direction?


    — 26 February 2005 at 8:25 pm (Permalink)

  2. David Fiore says:

    more typos!

    I mean–thanks “Rose’s Brother”–I certainly don’t doubt that such a clever fellow is related to you!


    — 26 February 2005 at 8:26 pm (Permalink)

  3. Marc says:

    Mickey Eye is these things, since they’re in the comic-

    God bless your brother, Rose. Would you like to have him conduct a special orientation for all English students, everywhere?

    — 28 February 2005 at 5:15 am (Permalink)

  4. Rose says:

    Thanks, Marc, on his behalf. That was pretty much my reaction, too, and I’m proud he should be able to write critical analysis by the time he starts high school next year.

    We probably could have gotten more thoughts out of him, but we had bribed him by saying he couldn’t borrow any other comics until he’d talked about Seaguy, so we didn’t press him further when he went through with that. He’s still looking for a second miniseries.

    — 28 February 2005 at 11:44 am (Permalink)

  5. Duncan says:

    No idea on the blogger, but the shop assistant does say “It’s Xoo… it’s new!” in #1.

    Kid seemed to understand the book just fine, which is more than can be said of many I’ve read on the internet.

    — 2 March 2005 at 10:09 pm (Permalink)

  6. Rose says:

    — 9 March 2005 at 7:08 pm (Permalink)