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Phonogram, Volume 1 by Kieron Gillen
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Apr 24, 12

bookshelves: graphic-novels
Read from April 19 to 23, 2012

First off: I liked it. But I'm not really sure what it was about. There are people that use music to make magic, or their magic involves (derives from) music (Phonomancers). But I'm not really sure to what end. To keep music pure? Simple music snobbery? Anyway, this story had a group trying to resurrect Britannia, who had been responsible for the whole Britpop movement. Others were not so keen to resurrect that genre of music. So the whole thing felt like an examination of the power of music to affect lives and the world. But it's just music, right? So the irony of using a graphic novel format (comics with pretensions of grandeur) to portray the pretensions of music being able to influence and shape the world was not lost on me. How tongue-in-cheek was this story? There were some really great lines in this book. Almost want to say I really liked it.
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