Metroland by Ricky Miller, Julia Scheele, Rebecca Strickson & Jazz Greenhill
36 full colour pages, 239 x 168mm, perfect bound.
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No one seems to notice that things aren’t quite how they should be. What was lost has now been found, those dead before their time are alive and events from history that we know took a wrong turn have somehow been set right. It should be a golden age, but if everything is so great, why is there a growing theory that something cataclysmic is coming?
Meanwhile, on London’s outskirts, in a small castle in Greenwich, lives the indie band Electric Dreams. In the midst of their triumphs, failures, loves and losses, founder members Ricky Stardust and the mysterious Jessica Hill are constantly going AWOL. Are they slacking off on drink and drugs induced lost weekends? Or is there a clue to their disappearances in Stardust’s recurring dream of a magical place outside of time and space called Metroland?
Miller & Scheele’s soap opera of music and time-travel launches with ‘Electric Dreams – Part One’, the 20 page lead strip in which we’re introduced to Ricky Stardust as he recovers from what appears to be another epic drunken incident and has to deal with inter-band rivalry, a gig, another night out and a reunion with Jessica.
In ‘Sunday’ we travel back in time to the very first meeting between Ricky Stardust and Jessica Hill on a beach in Worthing, beautifully drawn by renowned illustrator, Rebecca Strickson, in her first ever comic strip.
Finally we travel far into the future to listen in on an old man in a nursing home telling stories about music in the old days to a young girl. ‘Memories’ is drawn by Jazz Greenhill, writer/artist of the acclaimed ‘The Festival’, also available from Avery Hill Publishing.
“It’s a brilliant, brilliant comic”
Richard Bruton, Forbidden Planet International
“And characterisation is where Miller and Scheele’s creative connection is most obviously emphasised. While Miller’s dialogue is often snappy and playfully witty – underlining the casual confidence of Jessica or the roguish indifference of Ricky – it’s the subtler, visually-led moments of character definition where Scheele shows us the people behind the facades they project: a haunting dream sequence, or a quiet moment of poignant contemplation, employing a deceptive air of understatement to speak volumes about the book’s protagonists.”
Andy Oliver, Broken Frontier
“Lovely example of how you can do something bubble-gum fun yet also thought provoking, and indeed stylish if you put your mind to it.”
Jonathan, Forbidden Planet International