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  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Image Comics (5 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582406944
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582406947
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 16.8 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,004 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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In this story music is strongly linked to a form of magic known as "phonomancy".

I suppose everyone feels this way about music when their enthusiasm for a band or a scene is at its height, so I can relate to where the author is coming from, even if I don't get all the Britpop references. I would probably have found it more fun to read one about punk, goth or shoegazing, but I suppose it's up to me to write that one.

It did make me look twice at my penchant for musical nostalgia, so it certainly did make me think if not change my ways.

Nice clean "ligne claire" artwork as well with a lot of white space and uncluttered panels.

Oh one thing - I didn't find Kula Shaker important (or long lasting) enough to hate them with the vehemence that the central character displays!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By James Marriott on 13 Sept. 2009
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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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