Phonogram: The Singles Club #1
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Phonogram: The Singles Club #1

Writer: Kieron Gillen Artist: Jamie McKelvie Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: December 10, 2008 Cover Price: $3.5 Critic Reviews: 3 User Reviews: 3
9.0Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

The critically-acclaimed PHONOGRAM returns with seven issues of stand-alone Phonomantic stories, each set in the same night at a single nightclub. First up, Penny B wrestles with the big questions: Will she get the boy? Will the DJ play her record? Why was her gin and tonic so expensive? In a world where music is magic, she'll discover just how deep shallow actually gets. Plus: Two complete back-up stories featuring guest artists MARC ELLERBY (LOVE THE WAY YOU LOVE) and LAUREN McCUBBIN (RENT GIRL).

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    Comic Book Resources - James Hunt Dec 8, 2008

    "Phonogram 2" ultimately represents a huge leap forward for both Gillen and McKelvie's craft and the audience the series is capable of reaching. That said, the subject matter and sheer weight of the metaphor means that not everyone's going to "get" the series -- the rest of us, though, can content ourselves with pining for issue 2. Read Full Review

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    Comics Bulletin - Kyle Garret Dec 12, 2008

    I could go into more detail about this first issue because theres lots to discuss. At some point, Id love to see an analysis of why the dance club scene permeates all forms of British music, while its relegated to specific genres in American music. But thats just one thought that crossed my mind while reading The Singles Club #1, a testament to just how interesting and thought provoking Phonogram is. Read Full Review

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    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Dec 17, 2008

    What's most interesting about this story - which is more of a captivating character study than anything - is the dichotomy of the central figure. Gillen script is about exploring isolation and togetherness. Penny B seems to this lively, hopeful person, and when she dances, she's quickly at the heart of a crowd that loses itself in music, fun and freedom. But Penny ultimately feels very much alone. While she loves losing herself in music and dance, it seems as though she also revels in how it draws others to her. She desperately wants a deeper connection with someone, but she's incapable of making it. She seems to have only one real friend, and she's completely removed from Penny emotionally. Even the fact that Penny serves as the narrator reinforces the solitary nature of the character. As Penny speaks to an audience no other characters acknowledge, she's isolated further. I don't know if we'll see Penny's larger, ongoing story as a part of this series, but even this passing glimpse el Read Full Review

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