Thoughts about #1.
Before reading this issue it’s worth watching again Aha’s Take On Me video, or if you’re not getting old like myself, you can watch it for the first time. Either way it’s pretty essential. Even an auld cynic like myself has to admit it’s not only a still brilliant video, but it’s a pretty good bit of pop music.
That in itself owes a little bit to the end of Ken Russell’s brilliant Altered States.
Almost everything owes itself to something else and it’s something Gillen and McKelvie are only too aware of. As for last issue we saw Emily Astor’s discarded half personality, Claire, has been living in a world of music videos and now has swapped with Emily, who now live in a world of music videos. Claire is a little pissed off as you’d expect.
So Claire is out to destroy what Emily has built up, while Emily is running for her life in an Aha video.
It’s here that if you don’t let out a laugh and smile then I’m sorry, you’re dead from the scalp down as Emily’s escape is glorious, and for those of us of a certain age that spent the 1980’s in the cinema every day nearly watching films the logo of the cinema here is a nice touch.
Back in the day if Palace Pictures released a film it was a sign of quality, I’ve even got a soft spot for Absolute Beginners.
Anyhow Emily is trying to get herself out of the deal she made but she can’t and also, she’s still being chased by an Aha video before stumbling into a Madonna video and some zombies. That’s right, it’s the Material Girl video.
The Immaterial Girl is fantastic stuff. It’s not just a tour round 80’s pop culture in the UK, but a study of what one gives up in order to gain power and influence, mixed with some fourth wall breaking action. It really is a glorious treat of a comic and I’d buy it now if I were you.