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The Originals Hardcover – 26 Nov 2004


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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (26 Nov 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840236965
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840236965
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 18.2 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,417,825 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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.

That’s pretty representative of much of the book: I’ve gone for the feeling of incidents rather than the actuality. In many ways, it’s a truer approach."


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By doublegone TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Feb 2005
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I think comics, and particularly adult ones, need to be judged on their story telling. What would I think of a TV show or a novel with this plot? Well in this case not very much. The battling mods and rockers of yore are given a little futuristic twist, but that does not disguise the fact that there is little original here at all. The plot is hackneyed - battles, girls, pills. The artwork is fine but nothing exceptional. I also feel the victim of marketing. It took me 20 minuts to read this. Its in hard covers and is pricey, yet could easily have been contained in a traditional comic format for half the price or less. Soembody's worked out there is an adult market for this stuff and upped the price accordingly. It doesn't warrant it. No depth. No character development. Adult graphic novel? No - juvenile tripe. Use of the F word does not make it adult.
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By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 April 2009
Format: Paperback
writer/artist dave gibbons draws on experiences of the 60's, and the days of mods vs rockers, to tell the tale of what it was like to grow up in those times. but he doesnt tell a straight autobiographical story from the 60's, he sets it in the near future instead, making their fashions rather different.

This is all seen through the eyes of one character who gets into one of the gangs. He enjoys the fashions and the attention he gets from the girls. He gets annoyed by the hangers on. But when it all get serious, he has to grow up.

A one off story complete in a single volume. strong language and adult situations means it's for older readers only. The artwork is excellent, nicely realistic and very clear, and it's all in black and white which gives it an interesting quality that enhances the reading. The actions of all the characters are very believable, and all this makes for quite a memorable read
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By ossian on 30 April 2008
Format: Paperback
Quadrophenia and Brazil are two of my favourite flims, and I am the proud owner of a vespa. Logically, I should love this "graphic novel". Sci-fi comic books based on flims based on concept albums are pretty rare, and for good reason. The Originals is a load of rubbish.
Basically, the Orignals is the plot of Quadrophenia (the flim) with sci-fi cliches added. Not very orignal! Another annoying thing is that this comic is drawn in the same style as superhero comics. The hover scooters are not the very image of Italian sophistication, they are hideous and clunky. The realism of Quadrophenia is lost in a haze of laser guns and y-fronts worn on the outside.
I can't imagine what Gibbon was thinking when he decided to write this. Hopefully he is not going to bring out a Easy Rider/ Star Trek crossover to appeal to all those middle-aged Harley riders who speak Klingon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. Every on 18 May 2005
Format: Hardcover
I actually quite liked this book.
The characters and situations were quite a groovy take on the mod idea without having to hark back to being cool 60s.
My only gripe is the plot seemed to resemble Quadrophenia quite closely.
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Format: Hardcover
Slick and Stylish. That's what The Originals is, more than anything else.
I'm not a mod, i've never been a mod and i've never seen Quadrophenia, and i've no doubt those factors influence my reading of the piece, but i have to admit that i loved it.
It's really clean and simple, in every aspect, from art to storytelling, not a line of ink or dialogue is wasted or superfluous, and it evokes the retro-futuristic "scene" of the characters with the same sense of effortless style and James Dean-esque affected cool that the lead characters display in their attempts to be one of the gang. You have to respect that. I do, anyway.
Give it a look, it's well worth your time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Goonan on 4 Sep 2009
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Visually looks very good but the story is quite weak. Feels like a watered down Quadrophenia. It's light weight and i read it in one sitting. Worth a read but borrow it off a friend rather then buying.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mike Robinson on 31 Jan 2005
Format: Hardcover
Original Genius
Dave Gibbons has created a genuine work of Art here. Imagine, if you will, the lush colours and hope for the future that's represented by Dan Dare's adventures in a fictional post WWII England. Now imagine what living in that world would be like with teenage rebellion starting to rear its head. That's what Gibbons give you - Mods vs. Rockers on hovers! All delineated in his trademark clean lines, but with an amazing colour palette of black, white & silver! And also some very nicely designed pages that seem to be almost an advert for being a Mod!
I say "almost", because he doesn't shy away from the seedier, grittier aspects of these retro-youth cults. The pills and the fights are there and in your face; but lurking in the background is the gang's attitude to the general public (anything from disdain to hostility) along with a very macho attitude that grates in this day and age. All of which I suspect is a very accurate depiction of life in 1950s England!
I have three minor gripes about this book:
1) The UK Titan version has a horrible red splash on the front cover - totally destroys the atmosphere. The US version is missing this mistake!
2) The language - there is a lot of adult language in this book, all of which is appropriate to the characters. Whilst as a comic reader I know that "Vertigo" is synonymous with "mature", there is nothing to tell a casual observer this and I'm slightly vary of how this book is being positioned and marketed in shops as a "Kid's book". It's not. It's for "mature readers"!
3) The price. For a slim volume it's a bit on the pricey side.
The book is a slender volume, but very well designed and tells an excellent story. This book not only looks good it *is* good - for once you really can judge a book by its cover!
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