a retro-futuristic city of industrial grey where hover scooters,
music and drugs rule the street, the Originals are the toughest,
most stylish gang around. For two childhood friends, nothing
is more important than being one of them. But being part of
the crowd will bring its own deadly consequences...
at heart a Mods and Rockers story set in a near future world.
It's a simple tale of wanting to belong, of trying to fit
into a world that won't let you. However a lot of the back
story, that needs to be set up so that we can relate to the
story of the main characters, just isn't handled as well as
it should have been.
emotion would have been generated in the book's final pages
if more time had been spent in setting up Lel, Bok and Warren's
relationships - maybe showing them at school growing up together.
We don't really get to bond with Bok, as no sooner is his
character established, than Lel starts going out with Viv,
leaving Bok to do his own thing. Also their lifelong goal
to join The Originals happens in the first few pages, it would
have been great to have seen them plotting how they could
join - maybe a confrontation with a gang member when they
were young really spurred them on to see them as their heroes.
loved the setting and the way that author/artist Dave Gibbons
takes elements of the past and a possible future in order
to create Lel's world. The violence and drugs of this world
are not used as a crutch to prop the main story up - which
is a relief.
only more work had gone into setting up the characters. Sadly
though, what could have been a fantastic graphic novel ends
up just being very good.
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