August 28, 2006 | Comics
Phonogram #1 (of 6)
**** (out of five)
Music is magic.
It sounds simple enough, but when that magic turns black on ‘phonomancer’ David Kohl, he finds himself in a rather unpleasant predicament.
After getting lured into a club with the promise of easily influenced young women, an old enemy with a score to settle catches Kohl —the walking embodiment of a phallus — with his pants down. The result is a surprising curse on Kohl and a stage set for five more issues of magic.
Rock-snob writer Kieron Gillen, whose pretentious “statement of intent” and glossary in this debut issue are both essential and somewhat insulting, and artist Jamie McKelvie, whose clean lines give this book an instant and distinctive feel, have come up with something original and appealing in Phonogram.