Phonogram: The Immaterial Girl #2

Writer: Kieron Gillen Artist: Jamie McKelvie Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: September 9, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 8 User Reviews: 1
8.8Critic Rating
10User Rating

You will never look at A-Ha's "Take On Me" video in the same way ever again.

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Nick Philpott Sep 14, 2015

    This book is everything I want about pop music from comics. It's a demented character study through the lens of an outsider who's literally been trapped in a box for decades taking her revenge on the people she only knows superficially, dressed up in a metaphysical journey through the roots of MTV. Anyone who doesn't at least giggle at the ambition of this book (that it reaches every issue) is no fun, and you should not be associating with them; they're not allowed in your coven. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Sep 11, 2015

    This series is amazing. It combines two of my favorite things in life: comics and music. The second issue is a really great addition to a series that was already amazing to begin with. I cannot wait to see if Emily can escape the screen and save what little of the Coven will be left by the time Claire is done with it. This is definitely a series to keep up with. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AIPT - Alyssa Jackson Sep 10, 2015

    McKelvie and Wilson own this book, perfectly capturing the styles of the music videos and seamlessly moving from style to style as Emily flees and fights. It's fantastic how Emily still looks like herself, though in the pen and ink drawing of Take On Me, while the rest of the scene looks identical to the video. The zombie backup dancers in Material Girl, framed against that sinisterly cheerful pink background? Perfection. It feels like Matt and Jamie are having as much fun drawing/coloring these issues as Gillen is writing them. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Sep 10, 2015

    This series is worth a read solely for the recurring homages to '80s music videos like A-Ha's "Take On Me" and Michael Jackson's Thriller. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Sep 10, 2015

    Despite some exciting moments, this book is a bit of a slow burn but if you're paying attention, it's an incredibly rewarding one. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Big Glasgow Comic Page - neil_or_no_deal Sep 26, 2015

    The blend of iconic 80's pop videos with Emily's bleak morality tale is not only an interesting move, but a truly inspired one. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore Sep 10, 2015

    And perhaps that is another reason why this will be the most read mini of the batch; because we all have our emotional attachments to the music videos of our childhood, whether or not they coincide with Gillen's childhood or not. This is the first volume of the series that isn't about a specific type of music, but rather a delivery system for that music. So, while some #millennials might still be too young to grasp the import that videos at one point had, they can still appreciate what videos were, and are, capable of doing. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Matt Little Sep 10, 2015

    Continuing towards what could be a huge climax, "Phonogram: The Immaterial Girl" #2 delivers to fans of the series. Though new readers would probably want to start with an earlier collection, they will quickly get wrapped up in the mysticism and fun of the best comic book about music on the stands. Read Full Review

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