Kieron Gillen returns to his immaterial world
As Kieron Gillen says, The immaterial Girl herself is not the only one to become “unstuck in time”. For after placing it on hold in 2012 to concentrate first on Young Avengers and lately The Wicked + The Divine, he and Jamie Mckelvie are finally returning to Phonogram.
“all three Phonograms are period pieces,” Gillen tells red alert, noting that first series Rue Britannia took place in 2005 while its successor The Singles Club occurred over a single night in 2006. “There’s been a temptation to future proof some of the ideas, now knowing more of the way culture has flowed, but i’ve generally resisted it because that’d be cheating.” moving forward three years, the story finds immaterial Girl emily aster’s past coming back to haunt her. “in 2001, she sold half her personality for power,” explains Gillen. “since then that other half – the depressive, dowdy side – has haunted every mirror. That power has led emily to become the head of a Phonomancer’s coven. in 2009, the deal starts to go wrong…”
although The Wicked + The Divine was recently optioned for the small screen, Gillen insists that he and mcKelvie were never interested in creating a blueprint for another medium with Phonogram. “we wanted to make something that was aggressively comics!” he says. “The wisdom then – and to some degree now – was to do this comic as a glorified Hollywood pitch. But we’re comics purists, and made Phonogram deliberately awkward and dense, basically as a dare to any director who thinks they can adapt it. so do you feel lucky, punk?”
“That can’t happen until both Bob [ Gale] and i are dead. and then i’m sure they’ll do it, unless there’s a way our estates can stop it”
a Back To The Future remake? Over Robert Zemeckis’s dead body.
Easiest find the odd one out compo ever.