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Life's tough when you're a teenager - homework, boy trouble, and meddling parents. So when you throw in imaginary friends turned real, monster attacks, and faerie magic - well, that's just not fair, is it? "Suburban Glamour" follows Astrid Johnson as she and her best friend Dave get caught in a faerie family battle that stretches back through the centuries. Modern teenageLife's tough when you're a teenager - homework, boy trouble, and meddling parents. So when you throw in imaginary friends turned real, monster attacks, and faerie magic - well, that's just not fair, is it? "Suburban Glamour" follows Astrid Johnson as she and her best friend Dave get caught in a faerie family battle that stretches back through the centuries. Modern teenage life meets age-old magic in this story from the co-creator of "Phonogram"!...

Title : Suburban Glamour
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ISBN : 2206481
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 104 Pages
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Suburban Glamour Reviews

  • Sesana
    2019-05-15 15:37

    This is neither a terribly interesting nor a terribly exciting fairy story. The main character is a changeling, and her fairy parents are coming to fetch her. And that's basically it. The fairy politics are somewhat convoluted, and aren't explained very effectively in the short space this miniseries allows. I really don't think that was at all the point, though. Still, I liked the main character and her friends. Having likeable characters to hang on to made it a much easier read. And I do so love McKelvie's art. Which was, after all, the sum total of my reasons for reading this book, just to look at more of his art. That much didn't disappoint at all. Otherwise, fair to middling.

  • Mike
    2019-05-02 15:03

    Interesting read. Characters I want to care about, decent story premise, pacing is good. Dialogue seemed a bit clipped in parts - wasn't quite following how these people were relating to each other.When it ended I wasn't sure if I wanted to read more of it or let it stay wrapped up. It was good, and there's potential for building a whole universe - but the story felt just slightly light and superficial enough that I don't know if there would be a lot more to it.I wouldn't mind seeing a whole lot more of McKelvie's art however. This is purely digital and it's hard not to judge by analog standards, but it is imaginative and expressive all the same. Here are my plot notes because I can never remember who when and what, when I'm reading later books:(view spoiler)[Astrid is daughter of Oberon and Titania. Titania and Morgana (Fae) are at war, and their elder sister Maeve is on Earth as "Aubrey", owner of Atomic (teen clothing store). Morgana was banished to the Icy Wastes.Astrid reached age 17, when she can return to Fae or stay on Earth (her choice). Titania has monsters on Earth to collect Astrid, or bring her flesh & blood so she can cross over.Titania crosses over, and then Morgana somehow escapes to Earth too. They battle over Astrid, who wanted to go but bristled at the "etiquette schooling" and dictated clothing. Aubrey/Maeve cannot get directly involved, but she sent Dave to help Astrid. (hide spoiler)]

  • Damon
    2019-04-28 18:52

    I don't really know why I got this. McKelvie is the artist on the completely baffling Phonogram, and his art wasn't too impressive there, so I'm not sure what compelled me to pick up a book where he's writing and drawing.I will say that the art here is some of the most lifeless I've seen in a comic, ever. There's absolutely no sense of movement or energy on the page anywhere. It all looks like a series of isolated animation cels from a really boring cartoon. To make up for it, though, the story is SOOOO trite and obvious that it wouldn't make much difference. The fact that you feel like it's something you've already read almost conceals the fact that it reads like about 1/3 of a much more involved story, and he couldn't get Image to give him 12 issues to do it in, so he cut it back to 4.

  • Chantaal
    2019-05-04 21:33

    Eeehhhh, nothing super exciting, but nothing horrible, either.A so-so story about a frustrated teenager who suddenly has fantastical things start to happen to her. I actually liked the first two issues that focus on the boring teenage stuff; it was realistic without going overboard as other writers tend to do with teens (especially in TV).It could have used a few more issues instead of just four, as well. There wasn't enough time for any reveals or the ending to have any true impact.

  • Alexis
    2019-05-21 17:59

    Story was okay. Plot was a bit rushed for me, but the art just gets me every time. Not sure you'll like it (Brian) but it sure is pretty to look at.

  • Christian
    2019-05-15 16:38

    I like the evocation of a suburban music fan's world, and the characters look and act like me and my friends. But I didn't need the typical urban fantasy fairie stuff.

  • Shipofools999
    2019-05-02 21:35

    I really enjoyed this book when I read it. I am sad that it is a one shot (made of four comics). Thinking about what review I would write, I started to see the holes in it. It has a light touch on the characters and events move very quickly but don't seem to have weight when it comes to repercussions or effects. People sort of blow in the wind in whichever direction suits whatever is happening. It could have been a lot tighter.But it was an enjoyable read, I would like to read more. It has potential to be much more than it is. I am not sure if I went back in time that I would choose to read it. It was a pleasant experience but it has left an after effect of feeling like something is missing. I may not have even noticed the after effect if I wasn't working on what I would say about it and what I liked so much.

  • Dana
    2019-05-14 19:58

    I think this had some interesting ideas, but something about it fell really flat for me. The general illustration was nice enough, but compared to McKelvie's other art was somehow lacking, either like an early draft or a carbon copy of something.I hope that Wic/Div does more with the otherworldliness that is hinted at in here, but if not I am more than happy for Saga to fill that spot on my reading list.

  • Jeff Raymond
    2019-05-02 22:48

    I'll give Jamie McKelvie credit for a unique take on the changeling tale with Suburban Glamour, which is a quick hit of faerie warfare with a lot of fun twists. If I have a complaint at all, it's about how short this was and how it felt like a lot of threads could have been looked at differently. On the other hand, brevity is often a rarity in these cases, so I'm ultimately just happy this one-off series was as good as it ended up being. Definitely recommended.

  • Stef
    2019-04-30 15:59

    It isn't clear from the cover what this story is supposed to be about, which is why the fantasy element took me by surprise. Nothing that happens really makes much sense and is glossed over -- a lot of telling instead of showing. The epic battle that threatens to break out in the end dissolves seconds after it was introduced. There's little tension.

  • Jen
    2019-05-23 16:43

    It is hard to rate this fairly since it was only four issues. I feel that it got a lot accomplished, but the story didn't have as much depth as I would have liked (and again, it is short and that might not have been a choice).

  • Romany
    2019-05-12 14:38

    Very neatly wrapped story, but not really my thing.

  • Alice Urchin
    2019-04-26 15:43

    Really, I'd give it a 3.5, but that's not a thing. I think I had my hopes up just a little bit too high for this. Not that it was bad, just, the plot felt slightly contrived and I thought that more could've been done in the way of character development. I really like McKelvie's art. I think that his character designs are done well, and I like seeing all of the different hairstyles, clothes, tattoos, etc. that he gives people. A lot of the setting and how certain characters dress and look reminded me of my high school days a lot. Oh, nostalgia... Anyway, the plot is basically magical baby switched at birth, raised by humans, now learning of her true history and powers, etc. It's just didn't stand out much agains the other billion stories out there with similar plots. Maybe in later versions it could be more fleshed out and more original elements could be added, but there wasn't much of that here. Also, when I finished it, I didn't feel an immediate need to know what happens next or to read everything this person has ever done, which is kind of a big reason that I'm only giving this 3 stars.

  • Cale
    2019-05-16 21:35

    This is a fairly quick miniseries about Astrid, a girl in rural UK, who finds out her life is not what she expected. There's a little bit of magic to it, but really it's more of a coming of age story as Astrid comes to terms with where her life is and where it's going, and where she wants it to go. If you're reading this for big magic, you'll be disappointed. It's ultimately a pretty small story, focused more on the characters than the situation. Astrid and Dave both make pretty strong impressions and have some depth. The art works well for telling the story, supporting it without overwhelming it. It's not something you're likely to go back to, and the story is fairly simple, but it's a decent enough diversion.

  • April
    2019-04-30 21:49

    I loved this. I can never get enough of McKelvie's art, and it was a treat to read a comic he'd done all on his own. As expected, the art is unbeatable, and I want to live in his drawing and coloring. Aesthetically, you could not find a more appealing comic (except maybe his work on The Wicked & The Divine). I liked the characters, and was drawn into their lives despite the shortness of the series. The plot and character development fit into four issues is admirable, and I felt like I knew them even within that small space. I wasn't terribly interested in the plot, which was somewhat predictable, but really I couldn't ask for much more in such a short series. McKelvie is a true talent, and I will continue to pick up anything he's had his hands on.

  • paula
    2019-04-28 20:40

    Not the most original premise - a teenage girl suddenly starts meeting magical creatures, like her childhood imaginary friends come to life - but the suburban British setting and the characters surprisingly make up for it. Our protagonist, Astrid, is both fully grounded, with good friends and a sharp tongue, and wholly dissatisfied with her sleepy small town.Also the art, which, instead of being all dark and swirly (Kin I am thinking of you), is clear and well-lit... serving the narrative and giving the magic an absurd context. Makes me think of the occasional magic realism elements in Love and Rockets - the style firmly states "realistic" but look over there, does that guy have horns?

  • Shannon Kitchens
    2019-05-06 14:40

    So, I've wanted to read this for ages. Looking at the publication date, probably since 2009. And I think if I had read it in '09, I'd have a higher opinion of it. In '09, YA lit (even graphic novel lit) was a much smaller game. The story isn't new any more because, well, it's been done several time since then, though it would have been fresher nine years ago. And the ancient tech in this book will make it date even faster as time goes on.The illustrations are nice, a little Disney-esque, but the story is rushed and jumps through a few plot holes. Perhaps if this had been 5 or 6 issues, it would be stronger.Overall, I still enjoyed it though.

  • Artur Coelho
    2019-05-13 20:41

    O traço elegante de McElvie fica desaproveitado numa história de contornos fantasistas. Uma jovem adolescente a viver numa vila inglesa banal descobre que não é realmente humana como julgava. Fada a viver vida de rapariga normal, depressa se descobre no meio de uma luta milenar pelo domínio do reino das fadas. O toque de fantástico falha, a aura de mistério que esperamos ver neste tipo de histórias nunca chega a ser criada e a imagem das criaturas fantásticas não passa de caricatura risível. A força do desenho do ilustrador está no retrato e na figura humana, algo que consegue com um forte toque pop conseguido por contrastes fortes de cor, linha de contorno sólida e ausência de sombras.

  • Tiamatty
    2019-05-18 17:38

    This was a great read. Jamie McKelvie, an artist who frequently collaborates with writer Kieron Gillen, tries his hand at writing, and it turns out really, really well. The dialogue is sharp and clever, the characters are deep and nuanced, and the plot is intriguing. The art, of course, is excellent. McKelvie's great with facial expressions and body language. And he has probably the best eye for fashion in comics, so of course the characters look stylish. I really enjoyed this, and I wouldn't mind seeing McKelvie return to this at some point, or try his hand at writing another series. He's definitely got the talent.

  • Jenny
    2019-04-26 18:45

    A bit disappointed by this one. Jamie McKelvie is (in my eyes at least) the best comic book artist around today, and I'm keen to add anything he's worked on into my collection. The art is in this is still stunning, but definitely lacking something in comparison to his work in Young Avengers or Wicked and the Divine. The storyline is a fairly basic coming of age type deal with some fun urban fantasy elements, but suffers from its short length and has been done with more originality elsewhere. Maybe given a longer run, this could have been a more developed story.

  • Ria
    2019-05-11 22:37

    This has been sat on my shelf for so long, why did I wait?! I adore Jamie McKelvie's art, his lines are so beautiful and clean. It's interesting to see him without his usual partner in crime, there's a sweetness here that just doesn't feature in WicDiv and Phonogram - not to say that those series aren't great in all their surreal glory. Still Astrid's story was beautifully drawn and a lot of fun, I would love to revisit this world again.

  • Skye Kilaen
    2019-05-15 15:53

    McKelvie is one of the best artists working in comics today. He can draw a panel that's just two people looking at each other, and it says more than some of the "artists" working on mainstream superhero comics can say in an entire book. (I'm looking at you, GREG LAND!) Anyway. Suburban Glamour is about what happens when Astrid turns out not to be who she always thought she was. There are some talking toys, and some fairies, and some great shoes. You should read it.

  • Meg
    2019-05-04 17:00

    A rather sweet collection about a teenaged girl called Astrid who discovers she's a changeling and not just any changeling, but Titania and Oberon's daughter and on her 17th birthday, something/one comes back and she has to make the choice whether to stay in the real world or go back to Faerie.It is a little rushed - the paperback collects the four issues - and possibly could have done with a wee bit more pacing but overall, I rather enjoyed it.

  • Drown Hollum
    2019-04-28 16:55

    Totally decent, nothing mind-blowing here though. McKelvie's art is poppy, interesting, and always colorful, with only a few awkward missteps. The writing isn't terribly strong, but I've read way worse. The pop-culture aspect is fun, and there are some good lines speckled throughout, but the underwhelming story kind of just trails off at the end.Still though, Astrid is a fun character, and any excuse to look at more of Jamie McKelvie's art is welcome.

  • Alexis U
    2019-05-10 21:39

    Very basic faerie story. Which is fine, I just have read so many faerie stories that it takes a lot to impress. I always like McKelvie's art style. I just was kind of bored through the first half of this, and the second half kind of tried to make the story more complex and it just made for a mess of exposition. there wasn't enough time to really get to know the characters, either. Overall, I was disappointed.

  • Ashley
    2019-05-01 17:46

    It's more of a 2.5 for me. I really wanted to like this, but the pacing, characterization, and even the art (which is weird, since I generally love McKelvie's work) felt off to me. There was a ton of potential here, but it just didn't pan out. It's a quick read, at least; no real harm in giving Suburban Glamour a shot if you're really interested.

  • Kevin
    2019-05-09 15:52

    So I actually really liked this. I don't even care that it's an urban fantasy about faeries. I REALLY liked Dave. He was so cute and like the best friend ever. My only complaint is that there aren't any more! I went into this thinking this was volume one, but nope! This is all we get which kind of sucks.

  • Melissa
    2019-04-29 16:01

    5 stars for art - Jamie McKelvie draws a lot of stuff I like. Pretty sure I've seen a girl who looks like Astrid roaming around in the background of Phonogram. 3 stars for story - he didn't beat around the bush and try to cram too much into it but the ending did feel rushed. I feel like maybe one more issue so we see more of Astrid's life.

  • Adan
    2019-05-01 15:47

    McKelvie is not as good a writer as his frequent partner Kieron Gillen (this ending felt crazy rushed), but his art is amazing, and I cannot get enough of it. Here he gets to draw more cute alt boys and girls, along with fairies, ogres, snake people, and all manner of other fantastical beings.

  • Allison
    2019-05-11 16:41

    I like Jamie's art. I like his writing style. This isn't as good as Phonogram and it mostly reads like a set up for a series, which never materialized, so because of that it's a little rough to recommend. It would have been an enjoyable teen comic book if it had though.