"Gibbons writes with a wonderfully naturalistic ear and evolves his art to a simpler, more European style..." -- SFX January 2005
"Gorgeous, a pop-culture gem." -- Flux Magazine 1 January 2005
"Think Quadrophenia with futuristic transport and more violence...a moody story of friendship, belonging and, apparently, wheel shortages." (86%) -- Loaded Magazine
"a work of art in it's own right and a place comic artists can draw inspiration from." -- Digital Creative Arts Issue 16
..expertly paced...for anyone who saw, lived, even rented Quadrophenia, the story is steeped in all the right details." -- Guardian Review 9th April 2005
Looks like Gibbons hasn't finished making comic book history yet. -- The List, December 2-16, 2004
Marvellously thought out, astoundingly detailed and something that you'll go back to time and again; this is simply stunning. -- Big Cheese Magazine, February 2005
The Mods are back, in an ambitious solo project three years in the making. -- go! December 10th 2004
The Originals is as smart as a fashion-forward suit [and] has the powerful tug of a timeless fable. B+ -- Entertainment Weekly, November 8 2004
From the Author
"I discovered Mod when I was about 15 and have a vivid memory of seeing my first scooters. They were fantastic, almost science-fiction machines, gleaming with chrome and accessories. They rolled up one night at my local dance-hall, the riders dismounting and undoing their military-surplus parkas to reveal smart shirts and jackets.
The opening scene of THE ORIGINALS tries to capture some of that feeling. I merged it with another real incident where I helped a bunch of scooter boys to find the local motorcycle gang and give them a good beating.
Thats pretty representative of much of the book: Ive gone for the feeling of incidents rather than the actuality. In many ways, its a truer approach."