Daily Archives: December 17, 2008

B’s Side

Phonogram: The Singles Club #1
“Pull Shapes” and two backup features
Writer: Kieron Gillen
Artist: Jamie McKelvie, Laurenn McCubbin & Marc Ellerby
Colors: Matthew Wilson
Cover artist: Jamie McKelvie
Publisher: Image Comics
Price: $3.50 US

Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie return to their world of music magicians, but they explore their creation in a radically different way than last time. The first Phonogram series was something of a redemption quest for a rogue, steeped in dark and dangerous tones that were alluring in their own way. This issue is more of a character study, and it’s incredibly grounded. Penny B is a figure who’s both heartening and pitiful at the same time, and she exemplifies the portrait of a young adult who still has a lot of growing up to do. The fact that she’s a phonomancer, a magic user who relies on music for her power, is really quite secondary to the story. Ultimately, Gillen shows us there’s plenty of everyday magic in music in the right circumstances. Though there’s a sad quality to Penny B’s character, the overall tone of the main story is really a hopeful and celebratory one. Those who enjoyed the first Phonogram series will find the same strong storytelling here, but they’ll also find a much different kind of story as well.

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