Phonogram: Rue Britannia vol.1 by Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie (Review)

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Britannia is ten years dead. Phonomancer David Kohl hadn’t spared his old patron a thought for almost as long… at which point his mind starts to unravel. Can he discover what’s happened to the Mod-Goddess of Britpop while there’s still something of himself left? Dark modern-fantasy in a world where music is magic, where a song can save your life or end it.

152 pages

I went into this knowing nothing at all about it, just knowing it was related to the Britpop scene of the mid 1990’s. This is the era that I did most of my growing up – finding love, leaving home, going to university – so I am pretty attached to it.

However this was very odd… It turned out that britpop happened because of a goddess named Britannia, who had come back after the 1960’s to gather a following, then gone away again, leaving her followers with magical powers called ‘phonomancy’. There are also ‘retromancers’ who feed off the energy of others enjoying the past. Yes it sounds weird and it certainly was…

The story follows David, whose memories are being altered, and he wants it to stop, so goes off to find Britannia.

It’s pretty hard to say much else without giving everything away, and also because it is just very hard to explain.

Overall I enjoyed it, the art was gorgeous, the ideas intriguing, but it was just a little too odd for me. I did however love the homage payed to Richie out of the Manic Street Preachers.

Finished on May 13th 2017


You can buy the book here if you wish:

Phonogram: Rue Britannia by Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie


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