Phonogram: The Immaterial Girl #4

Writer: Kieron Gillen Artist: Jamie McKelvie Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: November 18, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 5 User Reviews: 1
9.7Critic Rating
9.0User Rating

We take a break from Emily's existential music television horror and spend time with Mr Logos and Laura's precious lack of life. Includes extensive mid-00s comic homage.

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Nick Philpott Nov 18, 2015

    My biggest problem with this issue is part of what I like so much about it: it doesn't actually deal with Emily and the Immaterial Girl thread. This is a longish arc for a comic series at six issues, but in the scheme of Phonogram, it's only a small chunk, and it's structured to really focus on Emily. With Singles Club, the mechanism of the story was built to wander around the club and follow threads where they willed themselves; but to take an act break at the fourth issue of six with Immaterial Girl stops the momentum pretty hard. I'm still very on board with the book, and it could turn out that Lloyd and Laura are going to play a big part in the finale, so it doesn't affect my scoring. And with this perfect score, I leave you all, to dig up some Long Blondes playlists on Spotify. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Graphic Policy - elanabrooklyn Nov 20, 2015

    I was so blown away and overwhelmed by another outstanding issue that I made a fan mix. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Big Comic Page - Ed Nygma Nov 19, 2015

    Easily the best book released this week. Read it, love it then read it again. Read Full Review

  • 10
    PopOptiq - Ashley Leckwold Nov 18, 2015

    While it may initially appear irrelevant to the rest of the plot, Phonogram: The Immaterial Girl #4 may be one of Gillen, McKelvie, Cowles, and Wilsons finest hours as a creative team. By using the tropes and tics of a popular and defining work, they manage to tell a story that both plays with the central theme of the arc and the central theme of the work referenced in astoundingly creative ways. Its fun, electric, and even just a bit precious. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Doom Rocket - Scott Southard Nov 23, 2015

    Phonogram's high-concept-low-culture trademark is a perfect encapsulation of modern intellectualism. It simultaneously covers high-brow philosophy and telenovella-esque love circles. Gillen made me melt with a distilled discussion of Jean-Paul Sartre without force feeding an existentialist malaise to the audience, and in the same issue, in-depth looks at Nirvana and My So Called Life instilled the same extent of connection and purpose. If Phonogram does anything right (besides everything else it does right), it's the tactical melding of thoughtful academia and sugar-sweet mainstream culture. It's the bridge where the two meet, and the one we all perpetually run across. Read Full Review

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