November 12, 2004 at 05:00 AM EST

The Originals (Book)

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
seasons
2
author
Dave Gibbons
publisher
Vertigo
genre
Fiction
We gave it a B+

There’s little original about The Originals — and that’s not really a bad thing. A fetishistic ode to ’60s British mod spiked with well-worn teenage nihilism and a gangs-are-bad plot, drawn in black and white by retro stylist Dave Gibbons (Watchmen) — unlikely ingredients for a modern comics gem. But Originals is as smart as a fashion-forward suit. Gibbons’s evocation of the period is enveloping, and despite some too familiar turns, his tale about the longing for belonging and the dawning of conscience has the powerful tug of a timeless fable.

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