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Review Group Week 168 - PHONOGRAM: THE SINGLES CLUB #2

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Postby KING King Impulse » Thu Apr 30, 2009 9:57 am

I'm going to need to read it a few times before I post a review, this is gonna be one lengthy sum' bitch
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...my view is a bit skewed though, I live in Portland OR, the capital of this crap...


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Postby KING King Impulse » Thu Apr 30, 2009 12:55 pm

Phonogram: The Singles Club #2
Written by Kieron Gillen
Art by Jamie McKelvie and Matthew Wilson
Backup art by Emma Vieceli and Daniel Heard


Music is Magic, you already knew that, yeah? In Phonogram, Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie take the metaphor and make it real. Theirs is a world where ‘magicians’ called Phonomancers understand the magic of music and can use it to their own ends. In the first volume of Phonogram (Rue Brittania, in shops now), we saw a jaded Britpop fan quest to save what he believes in, only to find he believes in nothing but it doesn’t matter, because it’s his nothing. Volume Two is a different beast altogether. Set in a single night in 2006, in a club in Bristol dedicated to playing only female singers, we see events take place from different protagonist’s eyes each issue, with each instalment being wrapped around a different ‘indie’ song.

#2, based around ‘Let’s Make Love and Listen to Death From Above’ by Cansei de Ser Sexy stars Marc, the object of affection from #1, as he is forced to relive a bittersweet night in the very same club during the very same song, where he met and fell in love with a girl he hasn’t seen since. Most reviews I’ve read talk about how The Girl isn’t named and that’s important because she could be any girl. I disagree, The Girl couldn’t be any girl, she is The Girl, Marc’s girl and Gillen infuses her with so much personality, we can relate to it because if you’ve ever had your own Girl, you know very well that there’s no other girl like her in the world

Gillen’s use of flashbacks is really well done, I’m really enjoying watching his progress as a storyteller, at certain points we watch the same two characters interact at different points in time in the same panel and it’s never confusing. It’s really interesting in a larger picture sense as well, when you read #1, Marc just comes off as a dick towards Penny, but after this, you feel sorry for him (I actually had an ‘I want to dance. Just not with you’ moment recently, it went pretty much the same way.) In #1, you kinda like Laura but after she tries it on with the guy she knows her best friend likes, she comes off as a bit of an insecure bitch (and I’m sure opinion will change when I read her issue, she can’t be all that bad, she loves The Long Blondes). Gillen plays will multiple timelines and multiple angles of the same story like someone who’s been doing it for twenty years and you can tell he knows his way around a comic book and what makes comics a unique and special storytelling form.

What can I say about Jamie McKelvie’s art? Hell, what can’t I say, the guy gets better every time his pencil hits the page. I can’t imagine how good his art’s going to be by Phonogram V3. He draws real people incredibly well, I love looking at the faces in McKelvie crowd scenes and study the expressions, the reactions. He has an attention to detail that just astounds me and ever since he started working with Matthew Wilson colouring him, his art is damn near the best on the shelves.

The whole extra content is worth $3.50 on it's own. The two back-ups are beautiful and excellent insights into the deeper world of Phongram with beautiful and excellent art by Vieceli and Heard, the glossary is a must for anyone that might feel lost, and I appreciate that the time is taken to include it. Not only do we get that, but we get an essay by Gillen on the subject of music and memory, and a short interview with a member of CSS. Talk about bang for buck.

As a whole, it’s far more inclusive than its predecessor, very few people know of Kenickie and how much they mean to certain people, but everyone knows what it’s like to hear that one song that tears your heart open with memories of a past love. Phonogram: The Singles Club is a rare thing in my eyes, a comic that speaks to everyone, a universal comic, and the score may seem high but damned if it wasn’t one of the best comics I’ve read this year.

Story – 10
Art – 10
Overall - 10
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amlah6 wrote:Just found 48THRiLLS new favorite website...

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Postby Punchy » Thu Apr 30, 2009 7:24 pm

Hmm, I probably shouldn't have read this so late, I'm not sure what to think, I will say that it has the same strengths and flaws as all the other Phonogram comics do.

I need to read it again tomorrow, in the cold light of day, and my review will come, probably not on Saturday, as I'm going to meet Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill, but on Sunday.

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Postby 48THRiLLS » Thu Apr 30, 2009 8:27 pm

Phonogram 2: The Singles Club #2

So, I read this 3 times just to be fair... I did not like the first issue and would not have gotten this if it were not for the review group.
It's about a dude that bangs a skank then cannot man up and get over it when he hears the song that reminds him of her the next time he goes the the club. I am not saying that there are not songs that I hear that remind me of ex's but I do not sulk about it and I definitely do not ignore the attention of cute blonds. In between all these pages of woe are pretentious references to indie rock bands that comes off as a writer showing off his great music taste and throwing it in the readers face... and any comic that has "annotations" at the end to help you understand the comic is a poorly written comic.
I liked the art.
...Yoni was right.

STORY - 2

ART - 9

OVERALL - 3.5

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Postby guitarsmashley » Thu Apr 30, 2009 9:56 pm

My god that was bad and pretentious. The art was great and in color this time around. Seriously the art cannot make up for the amount of wanking that went into that issue. Perhaps the most self indulgent I'm better than you pretentious comic I've read since The black Dossier.

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Postby guitarsmashley » Thu Apr 30, 2009 9:57 pm

48THRiLLS wrote:
...Yoni was right.



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Postby Punchy » Fri May 01, 2009 5:59 am

48THRiLLS wrote:Phonogram 2: The Singles Club #2

So, I read this 3 times just to be fair... I did not like the first issue and would not have gotten this if it were not for the review group.
It's about a dude that bangs a skank then cannot man up and get over it when he hears the song that reminds him of her the next time he goes the the club. I am not saying that there are not songs that I hear that remind me of ex's but I do not sulk about it and I definitely do not ignore the attention of cute blonds. In between all these pages of woe are pretentious references to indie rock bands that comes off as a writer showing off his great music taste and throwing it in the readers face... and any comic that has "annotations" at the end to help you understand the comic is a poorly written comic.
I liked the art.
...Yoni was right.

STORY - 2

ART - 9

OVERALL - 3.5


I disagree on the annotations, they can be useful, what about From Hell? Annotations can add to the story, make it better.

And what are traditional editor boxes* if not annotations?

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Postby Starlord » Fri May 01, 2009 6:34 am

Phonogram 2: The Singles Club #2

I apologize in advance, but this is not going to be a long review at all, basically because there wasn't much good for me to say anything real positive. The art was well done, loved that. Not much for the story or dialogue, to be honest. Compared to last week, this really fell flat for me. I'm sorry...

Story: 3
Art: 7
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Postby KING King Impulse » Fri May 01, 2009 8:34 am

I'm just really happy that more people participated this week, other than the four of us that were going to buy it anyway. It's a shame you guys didn't like it, but that's the way of the world I guess.

I'm off to reread it again.
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Postby Daringd » Fri May 01, 2009 2:07 pm

Hope you guys like the pick for next week. I hope to track down a copy of this weeks book my main place soild out.

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Postby Punchy » Fri May 01, 2009 2:48 pm

Just re-read, liked it more this time, this is going to be a difficult review.

And Daringd, after how crap Final Crisis was, I swore I wouldn't buy any of the aftermath books, but I do like Sturges (House Of Mystery rocks!), so I expect to either be pleasantly surprised or pissed off to my core.

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Postby 48THRiLLS » Fri May 01, 2009 3:32 pm

Punchy wrote:I disagree on the annotations, they can be useful, what about From Hell? Annotations can add to the story, make it better.

And what are traditional editor boxes* if not annotations?

*'See Captain America #32 to see how Black Widow was injured! 'Wascally Wacker'


I haven't read From Hell so I cannot comment about that but comparing the 2 pages of annotations to a couple editor boxes here and there is apples and oranges.

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