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3.11 of 5 stars 3.11  ·  rating details  ·  365 ratings  ·  41 reviews
This story chronicles the struggles of two friends, Lel and Bok, in a strangely-familiar future. Dealing in classic teenage themes such as alienation, gangs, girls, drugs and violence, the centre of the struggle is the urgent need of the boys to join the coolest of the cool: the ice-cold gang called The Originals.
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Published January 23rd 2006 by Titan, (first published November 3rd 2004)
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Kathleen
I'll break my review down into categories (just to give it a spin) :


execution: Visually, the book's been very cleanly and smoothly executed. I can appreciate the believability of the characters, machines, and settings-- the effort towards realism on the artist's part is clear.

aesthetic: I've heard this described, sometimes laughingly, as "mod sci-fi," and that's strangely appropriate-- the clothes of the characters are actually a big part of the story- literally. Since the story concerns youth
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Chris
An interesting-enough short story that moves along without any major surprises. The setting is an alternate reality wherein people ride on hoverbikes and drinking water must be artificially created due to polluted rain. Unfortunately, this setting doesn't do much to serve the story and probably distracted more than it enhanced the narrative. This story is all hampered to some degree by some of the most explicit use of the F-word I've encountered since Pulp Fiction. On most pages, it probably app ...more
Jake
I read this in one sitting. It was fun. Alternate world enough to be sci-fi, but based enough in reality to not be abstract. It's the mods vs. the rockers, but they're called the Originals and the Dirt here. Teasing, with periodic jumps and brawls, it's what you, as an assumed American reader, are familiar with, given your experience of this particular pop culture rivalry in history or parallels in films like The Warriors, SLC Punk, all that.

Main character and best friend want to join Originals
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Dawn
Hmm, can't decide between 1 or 2 stars. It wasn't bad, just not all that interesting to me. It felt like a script for a movie that has been made too many times already. Sorry.
Matti Karjalainen
Dave Gibbons on mahdollisesti parhaiten tunnettu Alan Mooren kanssa tekemästään yhteistyöstä, jonka tuloksena on syntynyt muun muassa sarjakuvaromaanien terävimpään kärkeen laskettava Vartijat.

"The Originals" (Vertigo, 2004) kertoo 17-vuotiaasta Lelistä, jonka unelmat muuttuvat todeksi kun hänet viimein hyväksytään osaksi ilmassa leiuvilla skoottereilla ajavaa, coolia musiikkia kuuntelevaa ja Dirt-rokkareiden kanssa rähinöivää mod-jengiä the Originalsia. Elämä hymyilee nuorelle miehelle, etenkin
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Savannah Tanbusch
If you're into Mod Culture that was big and bold in London in the 1960's (as I am), than this book is probably for you. It has some clear references to Quadrophenia (The Waterdome vs. Brighton Beach, the similar endings), which is part of the reason I liked it so much.

My only qualms with the book was a few problems to do with how the reader was to understand the setting. For example, it's never clear if this actually takes place in a future London, or if it's just an alternate universe. (I thin
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Jamie
Jul 03, 2007 Jamie rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: quadrophrenics
Shelves: graphicnovels
Dave Gibbons takes his mod-fueled youth and transports it to an unspecified future where Lambretta scooters and Harleys are traded for similarly styled hoverbikes and people wear strange helmets that look like shiny symbols. The story is a bit autobio, a bit Quadrophenia, a young man full of too much guts and not enough sense being given lessons on how to temper the two and maybe not really learning them all. I don't see much real reason not to have just set it in the real 1960s (must every Vert ...more
Damon
Kind of inappropriately named.
This is the exact Quadrophenia-knock off Mods/Rockers thing that you're expecting when you first see it, except everyone rides floating scooters. You know right off exactly where it's going, but luckily it's short enough that it doesn't take long to get there.
Even the art wasn't anything special - Gibbons is long since canonized, but he didn't go out of his way to break any new ground here, and didn't make any effort to take advantage of the black and white or the n
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Janet Jay
An alternate-reality tale in the most superficial ways, but there was just nothing new or exciting about it. Read it in one sitting for free & wish I hadn't spent the time.
Kurt Rocourt
This is a story about one gang of teenagers who dress like their from the early 1960s. Versus a bunch of greasers who dress like their from the 1950s. All set in some future time where hover bikes are used by the teenagers. One kid and his friend try to get in with the sixties kids and have a good time. It's a quick read but boring once you get half way through it. The end comes when the main character is one week away from his eighteenth birthday but thinks he's a grown up. It's immature and sl ...more
Loyd
Gibbons, the artist of Watchmen and the Martha Washington series, has crafted an alternate universe resembling England in the 1960's, a culture-clash street war between the Mods and the Rockers (here called "The Originals" and "The Dirt") that takes the form of a tragic myth. It's a pretty slight--though well-crafted--book, but the illustrations are wonderful and inventive, managing to capture the spirit of the 60's and still seem futuristic. It's a little bit Quadrophenia, a little bit Romeo an ...more
Anthony
one of the most entertaining stories i've read; love the panels; they always flowed & changed up a bit 2 keep it interesting; story felt like a retro/ steampunk 80's teen flick but the entire story was good- from the different clothing/ accessories they wore to the modifications on their bikes of choice. great twists towards the ending; sad story but it made it more compelling; love how the beginning panel flashes back to how the 2 guys started out. love the irony of the girl leaving & t ...more
Tanvir Muntasim
Nothing outstanding or spectacular, but a decent story with some good art.
Juan
A short and quick story, senseless but so real, so honest. The naive characters behave as you would expect.
The Who and Quadrophenia fans will be identified immediately with the references. And this story retakes that inevitable suicidal destiny; even if here, Lil, the main character shows intelligence, does it too late and too short.
The art is the best. Simplified, exact. Doesn't need to be that long to tell the story.
A very good book. Complete, one of those books where you can tell it's just o
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Dominick
Meh. Well-enough executed, with Gibbons's trademark technically precise, cool art (in a gray wash), but this is slight, and pointlessly SF. It's the story of a couple of guys who join the Originals (like the Mods), whose rival gang is the Dirt (like the Rockers), translated into an SFnal environment (they ride hovering crafts rather than motorcycles) but otherwise very 1960s in its tone. Why it couldn't have been historical fiction is unclear. Mediocre.
James
A solid-enough story, with striking grayscale art capturing a futuristic 1960s: think mods and greasers with hover bikes. Gibbons is riding a Goodfellas vibe here, with young protagonists seduced by criminal life.

The story doesn't offer many surprises, though, and the characters are largely unlikable. One character in particular seems to only be around to provide the big twist. It's a skillful book but not necessarily an essential one.
thegift
this retro-future take on gangs, gals, guns- disrupting the pleasant fun of brawling- this probably is no innovation on the usual teen gang story, but i like the artwork, the production design, the hovers, the style, the gritty city life, the fantasy water-park. i would nominate this work as proof art style is often more important than story content.
Cale
Was he going for irony with the title of this book? Because it wasn't original in any sense of the word. Cliche plot, every point utterly predictable, and nothing new added. Setting it in a retro-future 50's doesn't change the fact that it felt like a 50's documentary on the dangers of gangs. The art was interesting, but beyond that it was dull.
Kristen Northrup
I didn't try this when it was new because the storyline didn't grab me, but hearing Gibbons describe the personal history behind it at SDCC this year made it more interesting. The story chugs along predictably but the point all along is the art. I also liked the 2000AD twists to the setting instead of doing the era straight.
Karen
Mar 01, 2011 Karen rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: friends
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Dan Schwent
I originally (get it?) bought this graphic novel because it looked like a Specials album cover. The Originals are a mod gang that rides flying scooters and the book is the story of two riders and what they'll do to fit in. It was fairly entertaining.
Stephen
Remember that movie early in Oliver Reed's career, the one in black and white where he and his mates are walking down the street and it's clear that he simply OWNS the street? Well this is a book about the boys Oliver Reed beat up.
Thomas
This is a pretty uninspired book about rival hoverbike gangs set in an alternate past. It does have some nice black-and-white splash pages: one featuring a dance club scene and several others in the form of fictional advertisements.
Matt
It's a sort of mods vs. rockers meets Clockwork Orange. The story is not particularly complicated, but it's fun. The world is interesting and well imagined, and the art is excellent.
Russell Grant
A bit predictable, but the art is amazing, as always. I'm guessing this was an attempt at nostalgia for his youth or something, with the mod/rockers stuff.
K T
It's not that the story was very interesting, but it had a good rythm. The layouts and the narration really flowed well. And Mod is always fun.
DeAnna Knippling
Liked the art. Liked the scope. Liked the direction. And yet nothing about this reached beyond what was promised--and so I was not delighted.
Peacegal
I really enjoyed this book. If you’re a fan of the 1960s British Mod scene, you will want to catch this futuristic retelling.
Tim
A taut, simple, and energetic short story, with some solidly amazing illustrations. A quick read, but totally worth it.
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