Review: Phonogram: The Immaterial Girl #4

PhonogramIG_04-1_362_557_s_c1I was so blown away and overwhelmed by another outstanding issue that I made a fan mix. I’m ecstatic for the return of Laura Heaven Black and Lloyd Mr Logos, two of the best characters from The Singles Club— the second volume of Phonogram. This issue’s dynamic fight scenes (the most fighty- fight scenes of any Phonogram comic) and power ranking graphics heavily reference Scott Pilgrim. Now, I’m only familiar with the Scott Pilgrim movie and haven’t read the graphic novel but I got along swimmingly reading this. However, I cannot imagine what it would be like to read this comic if you haven’t read Phonogram: The Singles Club. Drop everything. Go read it. Laura and Lloyd are two of the best characters in that collection and I am so thankful we got to revisit them here.

We get to know Lloyd even better through this issue. Lloyd with his Mod revival suit and “how the fuck do I deal with having kinky hair when the subcultures I identify with are all about straight hair?!” hair. I know. It’s really fucking hard. His combination of obsessive music research and conceptual creativity butts up against his self-loathing, turning him in to a wonderful, miserable monster that I’m 95% sure I’d get along with because we like enough of the same bands.

So while I’m not so quietly working away on my next great Phonogram magnum opus (you’ve read my first one, right) I couldn’t let this issue pass without some mention of my love.
I made a fan mix for Lloyd on Spotify

I don’t have as much of a handle on what music Laura likes other then The Long Blondes first album. I don’t really speak 90s-00s Brit-Pop. I do speak Mod, Mod Revival and associated genres. So here’s a thing I made for Lloyd who truly loves and understands Dexy’s Midnight Runners. Unfortunately, the utterly essential “How Does it Feel To Feel” by 60s mod gods The Creation is not on Spotify. But it is what Lloyd would be hearing while Laura dances. Patti Smith’s “Ask the Angels” takes its place in the playlist for channeling the right feeling but with a totally different sound.

So there you have it.
I worked hard on this fan mix. Listen to it. It is my review.

Oh and the first back-up story “I Hate Myself” with art by Julia Scheele is the best back-up yet and a mini-masterpiece.

Story: Kieron Gillen Art: Jamie McKelvie Colors: Matthew Wilson Letters: Clayton Cowles
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review, and a copy was purchased (because it’s that good).