Scottish comics writer Grant Morrison had worked for years in 2000 AD and other British magazines before coming to DC Comics. His reinventions of DC titles Animal Man and Doom Patrol, followed by his surreal take on Batman in Arkham Asylum, gained him an American following; he has since worked on a variety of superhero titles including Justice League of America and X-Men.

Morrison's longest work featuring his own characters is The Invisibles, an apocalyptic thriller drawing on influences from Michael Moorcock to Terence McKenna, and highlighting his developing interest in magic and the occult.