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Phonogram: Rue Britannia [Paperback]

Jamie Mckelvie , Kieron Gillen
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Book Description

3 July 2007
Britannia is ten years dead. Phonomancer David Kohl hadn't spared his old patron a thought for almost as long... at which point his mind starts to unravel. Can he discover what's happened to the Mod-Goddess of Britpop while there's still something of himself left? Dark modern-fantasy in a world where music is magic, where a song can save your life or end it.

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  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Image Comics (3 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582406944
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582406947
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 17.2 x 25.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 214,236 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The idea is there, I just don't think I got it. 18 Jan 2012
I love the concept of this book. As someone that's quite a comic-book nerd and a bit of a music snob this looked right up my street.

Good things first. The black and white artwork is lovely, super cool, super stylised, totally works.

Unfortunately I just found the book a bit hard to follow. I guess I'm just used to comics that spell it out for me. I think sometimes this book was a little too subtle for it's own good.

All that aside, if you like music and comics then definitely give this one a whirl. Especially if you consider yourself to have been a part of the 90's Britpop scene. Chances are you'll get it and I'm just being stupid.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I hadn't bought a comic since the Beano at age 7-ish, but as soon as I heard about this, I had to get it. It almost certainly helps if you like mainstream '90s rock bands, who were constantly on the radio at about the time I was reading the Beano. However, I really enjoyed both the story and artwork, and am extremely grateful for the musicians it induced me to explore further (Kenickie and Scout Niblett in particular, neither of whom fall into the Britpop category).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very stylish, if a little esoteric 30 Nov 2012
Without babbling too much, this is a cool comic; generally speaking if you prefer indie graphic novels over mainstream superhero comics then chances are you will probably enjoy this. Its witty, cynical, poignant even and full of enough pop culture references to encourage you to listen to your old albums. The artwork is very tasteful; monochrome with realistically drawn people with slightly simplified features (think Ghost World and the like) which works very with the storyline.
That said, all the previous reviewers are correct, it's odd. At first you think it'll be a straightforward "protagonist enters setting, cue monologue" which it is, but it flips very quickly and can be tricky to follow. I feel the need to state that this is indeed a book about magic and people who practice it, I found it at times hard to tell if Gillen was using magic as a metaphor or even just as a colloquialism, but turned out he really did mean good ol voodoo witchcraft.
Either way, its worth a read.
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