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Product Details

  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Image Comics (July 3, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582406944
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582406947
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.8 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #225,817 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was ready to hate this book. I was intrigued by the first issue of the comic, but by the time I had finished the second, the Pitchfork-esque celebrations of musical superiority had reached critical mass. Something happened, though, as I got near the end of this six-issue collection. I found myself looking up the mentioned bands. I found myself actually understanding the various metaphors, even though I stand firmly on the outside of the story's cultural inner circle. By the time I finished the book, I realized to my surprise that I enjoyed it despite trying really hard not to.

The story arc begins with an avatar of a musical goddess sending a phonomancer (someone who can use music as a medium for arcane practice) on a quest to find out what has happened to one of her aspects, Britannia. Feel free to ignore this setup, though, because it has precisely nothing to do with the proceedings, other than to introduce protagonist David Kohl and give an overview of the setting. The book, for all of its fantasy trappings, is actually a fierce paean to Britpop music and an introspective exploration on what it meant and still means to its fans. David's race to stop the dead goddess from being resurrected as a monster is a thinly veiled history of Britpop's rise from the foundation of 1960s British guitar rock as a response to American grunge, its relatively quick decline and fall, and the state of the genre after it started feeding on itself instead of on a cultural identity. The most interesting part of the story is the consequences David faces if he cannot find Britannia in time: the destruction of his own essence, as his memories are altered and blurred until he is lost and transformed into someone completely different.
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I'm a big fan of Kieron Gillen, but I honestly felt this fly right over my head. That's entirely on me as the reader as I don't feel this is really a book made to speak to me. I didn't hate the book, but I didn't get super invested because I had trouble following it. If you're really into music history and britpop though, then you'll probably love this book.
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I'm fairly well versed when it comes to recent music history. Especially when it comes to rock in the last 25 years. I bought the comic because I had heard a review on the series from Fresh Ink and it sounded interesting. Wow, was I wrong. It's not a bad series or anything. Britpop is kind of interesting. It's just the way the story is told. In the story, Britpop is mystical/magical. The main character is a mage of sorts and uses Britpop as a magician uses magic. If you A. don't understand british culture %100 B. aren't familiar with Britpop %100 and C. weren't looking for a fantasy book then please avoid this read. If you're way into Echobelly, live in London and fancy spells... you see what I'm saying? Not a bad book. Just not a book I'd recommend to most.
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Phonogram is Great. More than that. It is 4REAL!

It is a great metaphor of the about the Brit music scene, its highs and lows, and have a bitter stare over the current music scene and a supposed revival of 90's Britpop. It is a bit about growing up and leaving the weight behind, like it was that easy...

Obviously, if the reader knows the bands (what is much easier in these download days) some references are better understandable, but if you lived the Britpop heyday... man, you will get all layers of the metaphor!!

The Mr. McKelvie's art is fantastic and have great depictions of key people of the Britpop and the text is very passionate, showing that Mr. Gillen must have lived the scene.

It gets 4 stars only for the fact the covers of the mini-series are reproduced in black and white, what is lame (when you see them, you will understand)!!!
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this one was bought as a gift so waiting to read it. but this series is awesome. Definitely worth getting.
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interesting and different. good if you're a fan of their other works
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One of my first introductions to comics, and it is just fantastic.
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I'm a fan of the story and recommend it, but if you're looking for the complete first volume you need to know that this does not include the author's notes/annotations that were in the backend of the individual issues.

The product information omits that detail, so I felt tricked when I bought this.
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