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The Originals

3.11  ·  Rating details ·  459 Ratings  ·  51 Reviews
Don't miss this softcover edition of the acclaimed original hardcover graphic novel by one of comics' most esteemed names, Dave Gibbons (co-creator and artist of WATCHMEN and Give Me Liberty, writer of THE RANN/THANAGAR WAR).

Lel and Bok — two best friends — want nothing more than to join the Originals, the top gang on the streets. Through them, they'll meet the high-speed
Paperback, 160 pages
Published January 1st 2006 by Vertigo (first published November 3rd 2004)
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Marc Pastor
Bandes i pandilleros, una distòpia lleugera de pseudomods i retrorockers amb una història d'amor i mort força clàssica.
El millor: la sobrietat exquisida de Gibbons. La senzillesa del plantejament. La claredat expositiva.
El pitjor: que sembla desfasada, anacrònica i, fins a cert punt, naïf.
Nov 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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
Sep 18, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 27, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 19, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
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.
Jonathan Papernick
Shit sandwich.
May 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Has a very Clockwork Orange vibe, but in a good youth-fighting-amongst-themselves-in-dystopian-universe way rather than an "eyeballs-forced-open-and-old-women-raped" kind of way. Good lazy afternoon read.
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very shocking read. The storyline was really good.
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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Dave Gibbons is an English comic book artist, writer and sometime letterer. He is best known for his collaborations with writer Alan Moore, which include the miniseries Watchmen and the Superman story "For the Man Who Has Everything". He also was an artist for the UK anthology 2000 AD, for which he contributed a large body of work from its first issue in 1977.

Gibbons broke into British comics by w
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