The Originals

November 15, 2004 | Comics


The Originals
Dave Gibbons
Vertigo/DC Comics
$37.95 (hardcover)
**** (out of five)

The theme of fitting in and finding your place in the world is a very common one in comics.
When figuring out whom, for the most part, is reading these books — young men — it makes perfect sense.
The Originals, an all-new graphic novel from Watchmen co-creator Dave Gibbons, is smart look at belonging and the lengths that people will go to be accepted.
In a pseudo-futuristic 1960s England, two best friends, Lel and Bok, want nothing more than to join the coolest gang in town: The Originals.
But once they’re in the door, the teens quickly find the price of fitting in is often compromising your ethics, hurting those you care about and fighting other people’s battles.
Wrapped up in a visually outstanding package, one that sees Gibbons at the height of his craft as an artist, The Originals is subtle, pithy and if only a little obscure.

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