If you've read Rue Britannia, tonight's cast may be more familiar to you.
Our host for the evening is Emily Aster, who "snipped away the bits [of herself] she didn't like and traded them for power."
About five and a third out of sixteen pages.
Kohl has somehow managed, despite her protests, to drag Emily to an indie night. He did this mostly by promising the first rule'll keep most of her least favorite music out, and that they'll play at least one song by the Knife.
It does end up involving a meeting with our misanthropic DJ, whom Emily shares some bad history with (they were apparently after the same girl, but are just a bad match to begin with). Seth is, as he is, very rude, but Emily rolls with every punch and comes out of it on top.
"Let's have some fun," she concludes, as Kid-With-Knife pops in to complete the triumvirate. He seems a little more...excited than usual.
(for those following along at home, KWK was the resident non-phonomancer of the cast. this is kind of a thing, we'll talk more on it in a later post)
Enough of that, though. Time for dancing!
(this panel pops up in reviews a lot, and for good reason. you can tell a lot about each of the three from it alone)
Emily excuses herself to the ladies' room.
Meet Claire. She's what was snipped away to create Emily.
Emily's interrupted when another lady recognizes her. As Claire.
"'Claire' has long been banished," she replies.
"I was never like anyone else," she tells the mirror. "Least of all you."
Heading back to the floor, she demands dancing. She even gets her Knife song, finally.
But things aren't feeling right somehow.
A sort of war between Emily and Claire is the premise for the hypothetical third Phonogram series, The Word "Girl", and while it would make for incredibly fascinating comics, there are currently no plans to pursue a third series, at least until Gillen and McKelvie are rich enough they won't have to worry about living month-to-month. The only way this can happen is to buy the books! The trade is due in a few weeks, and word is it might be on Longbox's launch list. I'll spread more information as I receive it, but I'm planning a giant-sized plug for the final post. Keep watching this space!
On with the glossary, then.