Seaguy: Slaves of Mickey Eye comes from what I can only imagine is a strange, strange place inside Grant Morrison. Despite that, or perhaps because he has cut loose for the first time in a few years, the newest Seaguy mini, Slaves of Mickey Eye, has been some of his best work in a long time. Still reeling from the half-forgotten loss of his best friend, Chubby da Choona, Seaguy escapes a mental institution with the help of Tree Guy, Peaguy, and Three Guy, three superheroes who claim to have been inspired by his escapades. Of course, far more than that happens, and there’s far more going on behind the scenes – Seaguy winds up in Los Huevos, hiding out from the omnipresent Mickey Eye as a bulldresser while starting a relationship with the fiery Carmen… or so he thinks.
In reality, Seaguy: Slaves of Mickey Eye deals with a whole lot of trust issues as we learn about betrayal after betrayal of the titular hero, from people he’s trusted and people he barely knows. It is tempting in a review to begin to do a critical unpacking of the many and varied themes of the book, because that’s half the fun, but there are folks better suited to that for now. Instead, I will say this:
Seaguy: Slaves of Mickey Eye #2 is a fun, funny, fascinating book. Stewart’s art has never been better, and he seems to be getting more comfortable working together with Morrison to craft a complex narrative that never sacrifices its sense of visual wonder or its emotional power when it digs in deep. While some of Morrison’s recent work left some fans cold, it is hard to imagine people having the same reaction to Seaguy – it’s a book that downright demands an emotional investment from you, and it’s more than earned one.