Phonogram: Rue Britannia

July 9, 2007 | Trades


Phonogram: Rue Britannia
Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie
Image Comics
$14.99 US (Paperback)
**** (out of five)

Phonomancer David Kohl is an unrepentant rock snob who uses his knowledge as power for some wicked magic.
But like so many of us, Kohl’s identity is tied to a certain era of music— in his case 90’s Britpop — and that connection threatens his very existence.
Someone is messing with Britannia, the dead Mod-goddess of Britpop, and Kohl needs to find out who it is before he’s changed forever and finds himself listening to Britney Spears CDs and loving every minute of it.
Peppered with Britpop references, quotes and names, Phonogram is the most touching love letter ever written to a bygone musical era disguised as a comic book.
Writer Kieron Gillen and artist Jamie McKelvie have created something highly original, extremely compelling and hopefully worth revisiting.

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