IT happens on the morning of December 22, 2012. On that day all of history impacts with an unimaginable Apocalypse, an Event glimpsed and interpreted by the prophets of every culture - the biblical Armageddon, Norse Ragnarok, the Aztec Fifth Sun, the Hopi Fourth World, the Breaking of the Seals, the Rapture, Eschaton, Doomsday. It's almost here. Haven't you ever wondered why time appears to be speeding up?
Two opposing forces, mortal enemies since the Beginning, are making their final preparations to take advantage of the End of Everything. Behind the scenes of every event in history books, THEY have toiled tirelessly in the shadows, manipulating kings and emperors, fomenting wars, toppling nations. On one side, the agents of total, Control, servants of ultradimensional entities known as the Archons, the Lost Ones, the Forgotten. These anti-beings haunt the fringes of our nightmares, beyond Time and Space, waiting for the moment when they can finally demolish the walls of realityand overwhelm our universe. Through their earthly agents, THEY already control the governments of the world. THEY create fear and division. THEY know what's best for us all. THEY define our realty via manipulation of control language and visual images. THEY demand our obedience, our worship and ultimately, our complete enslavement.
And on the other side stand the Invisibles: an ancient secret network of freedom fighters dedicated to the liberation and evolution of Humankind. Some work alone - paranoid agents on the fringes of sanity, stumbling in rags down city streets. Others aid the cause without ever knowing - rebellious schoolchildren and mutinous wives, workers driven to sabotage the lifeless mechanisms of production and consumption. And others gather in activist cells, using direct action to strike back at the power structures of the Archon conspiracy. Anarchists, witches, outcasts, occult terrorists, ordinary people on the frontlines of the Final Battle to decide the fate of the Soul of Humanity. THEY oppose tyranny and ignorance. THEY refuse to be governed. THEY are humanity's last hope in the face of the ultimate, never-ending nightmare. The countdown has begun.
- Grant Morrison