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" Murphy has constructed a compelling, searching, and important tale that embraces some of the biggest questions of our day, and he does so using incredibly energetic art with dynamic, elastic compositional approaches."—Publishers Weekly Starred Review

Punk Rock Jesus is amazing. The series has been incredible right from the beginning and it ends in a spectacular fashion. It's brilliant and heartbreaking, epic and emotional…. This is book that makes you think. If you haven't been reading Punk Rock Jesus, you owe it yourself to pick up the collected addition when it releases this spring. Don't miss one of the best series of 2012.”—IGN
 
“Like the satirist and critical works of writers such as Jonathan Swift, John Locke, and Thomas Paine, Murphy has turned the written word upon its reader and exposed the ugly truths within ourselves, the country we live in, and the culture we have built around us. All of this, and an engrossing story with deep and authentic characters to boot.”—New Jersey Journal
 
“Every once in a while, a comic will come out that really defines everything that is amazing about the medium:  A comic that is thought provoking and emotion inducing.  A comic that speaks to people in so many different ways that each person has their own take and experience with it.  Punk Rock Jesus is that book.  It’s truly a book that crosses a line that few are willing to cross.”—reviewSTL.com

“Sean’s work is flawless….  Punk Rock Jesus is the best kind of scifi—a meditation on liberty for the cyber-age.”—Pop Matters
 
 “Sean Murphy’s Punk Rock Jesus belongs in the same league as Watchmen, it’s a complete game changer.”—Craveonline
 
Punk Rock Jesus just feels like a classic in the making, and I urge you to get in on the ground floor while you still can.… I predict Punk Rock Jesus will change the life of Sean Murphy and shoot him right to the forefront of the industry as one of its top young stars.”—Ain’t It Cool News
 
“With its dark sense of humor and an uncompromising approach to somewhat subversive material, it feels like an underground hit that belongs to an earlier era. In more ways than one, this is a legend in the making. Definitely give it a shot, if only so you can say you were there when it happened.”—Comic Book Resources, Rating 5/5 Stars
 
"The fearlessness of Punk Rock Jesus is what grabs me the most, the sheer lack of disregard for what's "commercial" that Murphy and company exude in exchange for an earnest attempt at grabbing your attention, to strut its own stuff ... but in the secret hope that you're still watching. Well, you win this round, Punk Rock Jesus, just on style points alone. You've got yourself a disciple.”—Newsarama

Présentation de l'éditeur

A New York Times Bestseller!

A reality TV show starring a clone of Jesus Christ causes chaos across the U.S. of the near future in PUNK ROCK JESUS, a new graphic novel written and drawn by Sean Murphy, the acclaimed illustrator of JOE THE BARBARIAN and AMERICAN VAMPIRE.

J2 causes both outrage and adulation. Religious zealots either love or hate the show, angry politicians worry about its influence on the nation, and members of the scientific community fear the implications of cloning a human being at all, let alone the Son of God.

Thomas McKael is the clones's bodyguard and former IRA operative, who despite his turbulent past is hired to protect the new Jesus—a baby who captivates the world, but grows up to become an angry teenager.

When falling ratings force the network to cut Jesus's mother from the series the young star runs away, renounces his religious heritage and forms a punk rock band. And what starts off as babysitting for Thomas becomes an epic battle, as Jesus goes to war against the corporate media complex that created him.

Along with his artistic credits on JOE THE BARBARIAN and AMERICAN VAMPIRE: SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST, Murphy also wrote and illustrated the graphic novel OFF ROAD (Oni Press), and cowrote OUTER ORBIT (Dark Horse Comics).



Détails sur le produit

  • Broché: 224 pages
  • Editeur : Vertigo (9 avril 2013)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 1401237681
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401237684
  • Dimensions du produit: 16,9 x 1,3 x 25,8 cm
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5 internautes sur 5 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile  Par Stan FREDO TOP 500 COMMENTATEURS le 20 avril 2013
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Auteur complet de comics, américain avec d'évidentes racines irlandaises, Sean Gordon Murphy livre ici via Vertigo/DC un TPB de 224 pages, dont le contenu (sauf quelques pages additionnelles) avait fait l'objet d'une mini-série de comic books au second semestre 2012.
Oeuvre personnelle assumée tant pour le scénario que pour le dessin, portée pendant longtemps bien que, né en 1980, Murphy soit encore tout juste trentenaire, "Punk Rock Jesus" traite au fond de l'opposition excessive dans la société américaine (au sens "USA" de l'expression) entre adorateurs de Dieu et athéistes. Et d'une voie moyenne, faite de tolérance et d'objectivité, que nombre de citoyens souhaiteraient voire s'imposer.
Au moment où nous voila bien engagés dans ce XXIème siècle qui devait être "spirituel", "religieux", "mystique" (? L'Internet reste incertain), ce TPB peut-être parfois excessif dans sa violence, pose donc de vraies bonnes questions, grâce à une histoire prenant place à seulement quelques années dans notre futur, à base de télé-réalité outrée (1), de personnages nombreux et bien campés, de progression dramatique extrêmement maîtrisée et de formidables dessins noir et blanc (les meilleurs du moment).
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Par sandrine pepin le 19 avril 2015
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Je l'ai acheté pour les 16 ans de mon fils, je viens de le lire et je suis sûre qu'il va adorer. Je lui avais pris le tome 1 de Saga pour Noël, on a acheté les trois autre dans la foulée, on est accro. L'avantage avec Punk Rock Jesus, c'est qu'on a pas à attendre la suite.
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Par L. T. Christophe VOIX VINE le 3 janvier 2015
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Vraiment sympa, histoire très originale, personnages touchants, critique du showbiz intéressante, références au conflit irlandais donnant un background assez inattendu pour une BD de ce genre.
Bref, une très bonne surprise !
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As a spiritual person, I was hesitant but... 18 juillet 2013
Par Cory Kerr - Publié sur Amazon.com
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First, the art in this is amazing. Fantastic inks and the use of black and white in this is powerfully compelling. I could go on and on about the Sean's visual talent, but instead I'll say this: his composition and inks are the reason I bought this book and I wasn't disappointed.

Sean Murphy is an atheist. He was raised by Christian parents and followed his own path. Many atheists that I have come across are either constantly attacking or very defensive. I was very hesitant to get this book because I'm not terribly interested in reading something that is merely a vehicle to destroy and spew bile.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that this is a VERY BALANCED book with characters that run the spectrum of belief systems. I found that I agree with the Murphy in his depiction of crazy fanatical zealots that seem to be the antagonists of this book. One of the main characters, a former IRA soldier, is a very religious man and an extremely engaging character. There are scientists who show little slivers of faith in spite of their stated atheism and others that are casually religious that express doubt. There are also extremes on both sides of the issue of God with all of their anger and impulsiveness.

I went into this book expecting some art and panels full of life and hoping that Murphy wasn't just using it as a platform to bash God. What I found was a very honest and well written book with lots of characters each coming to different conclusions about faith, much like you'd find in any group of people.
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A Punk Rock Classic In the Making 10 avril 2013
Par Anarchy in the US - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
When Punk Rock Jesus (PRJ) hit the comic stands, I admit that I ignored it. I heard about from the media outlets about it, and because of who was doing it, artist Sean Murphy, who I became a fan of in Joe the Barbarian, was doing his own 6-part series, as well as being the writer for PRJ. It got my attention, for sure, but when it comes to buying single comics, I do (mostly) stick to the big two, DC and Marvel. So I skipped out on it, even with all the critical acclaim it was getting. In fact, I rarely buy secondary comics like Image, Dark Horse, or Vertigo unless it's in trade form, has some overwhelming critical acclaim, or I can get it at my comic shop for a really great price. So for some weird way or another, a part of me just took a chance and bought PRJ for the heck of it. Well I can tell you right now I regret not picking up this series in comic form, but I fully do not regret buying it in collected form. This is truly one of the best mini-series I've read in a while and I see what all the fuss is all about.

PUNK ROCK JESUS tells the story of a not-too-distant future in 2019, where reality television has ruled the airwaves, which the next big show on the list comes Christmas time is J2: a reality show starring a cloned Jesus Christ, all by having a virgin teenager girl named Gwen, give birth on the air, for the second coming of Christ. The news creates massive chaos across America and the world itself, with religious zealots NAC (New American Christians) that defend the old ways of Christianity and see this act as heresy, atheist who see it all as a joke, politicians who are afraid for what it could have on the world's influence, a scientific community unsure what to make of the whole thing, and people that simply see money from this entire series of events. On December 25th, 2019, Chris (AKA Jesus Christ) is born into the world, to which the following story goes over Chris growing up in front of live television 24/7, on a enclosed island shut off from society, to finally one day rebelling and becoming a punk rock star to the world.

So the basic premise sounds really cheesy, predictable, and could have easily gone south real fast, but Murphy uses it and perfectly sets up an ambitious tale that is equal parts intelligent, rich, diverse, and satirical fantasy in a real world setting. For starters, Murphy makes the book out to entail to what would be a realistic reaction to Jesus being reborn into modern times with personal and practical point-of-view, as well as religious, legal, scientific, and social perspective. Second, the title notion of Chris being "Punk Rock Jesus" doesn't even happen until halfway through the book. And third, Murphy makes the book to be a dense read with expositions, depth, and complications among the cast from the very get-go that makes us feel for the characters, especially since they take up the first half of the book without Chris being the star. And the notion of time as the Chris grows up, the implications of everything takes it toll on our cast.

Characters like Chris's 18-year old mother, Gwen, who starts out sweet and temperamental when she gives birth, starts seeing the horror of living like a prisoner on an island away from her friends and family, on television 24/7, and spending years dealing with corporate control start corrupting her mind and body. Gwen and Chris's bodyguard, Thomas McKael, an ex-IRA member and overall badass head of security who has a dark past starts out being a cold protector, but slowly and surely starts gaining emotions for Gwen and Chris, as well as his own faith. Tim, a technical engineer for the island and on-air father figure with Gwen who wants whats best for her and Chris. Dr. Sarah Epstein, the woman who created Chris and is Chris's teacher/moral compass to the world. And owner and proprietor of J2, Rick Slate, the very evil businessman that all of the main cast hate and despise in control of it all. The cast is so rich and multilayered from the moment Chris is born, to getting a play date as a baby, going to public school(?!), and leading up to Chris's epiphany to rebel against society and become a punk rock god. All of which, takes place within the span of 15 years of Chris's life. This is the heart and soul of Murphy's story that is equal parts touching, humorous, interesting, and just well done. To which all of the characters react and grow accordingly with all of the events in order of time. No one breaks out un-accordingly of character. Everything has a reason and progression that makes sense for the motives of the characters.

And many of these characteristics are just the first half of the book! The first half alone influence Chris as he is growing up away from society, to which he just a shy boy with good intentions to the later half that he dons the punk motif as a symbol to rebel against society itself. And when that happens, many new followers of Chris come along on his growing attention to spreading news across the country and even the world, with many characters from act 1 coming full circle from helping Chris in the very end. It makes a strong metaphor for the interactions Chris and the cast have on one another that again, goes with the passage of time that makes a strong emotional ending all the way through.

The biggest thing I think Murphy does right is not seem over preachy. The book examines religion, society, entertainment, science, and global perspective without seeming one-sided. Murphy himself is an Atheist, but he never lets his personal perspective get involved with the story. He lets the characters actions and beliefs over the course of time do the talking, especially for Chris's ideals shocked and broken by the second half make perfect sense in context. Further more, Murphy doesn't preach to the choir about really any specific subject matter, instead giving readers' skepticism, challenge, and question all subjects matter in this book, even Atheism and punk rock itself. This makes it so there is no self-importance, holier than thou, self martyring to be had here. It makes the book actually feel fair and open minded in all of the content presented, which is truly impressive. It's just a book with no real clear side to take but just being a good person at the end of the day, faith or not.

As for art, the real reason I picked up the book, it is simply phenomenal. If you are familiar with Murphy's art, then this will not disappoint. If you haven't seen his art, go open a tab and look it up on Google. The book is done in black and white, yet Murphy's art is top notch. It's a mixture of gritty, sketchy, and utter detailed at the same time. His finishes show that a black and white book do not need color at all to show exceptional art and tell a gripping story, or show blood splattering everywhere, or the huge splash pages of masses of people out in the streets. Sean Murphy's art is definitely something people should look out for, especially this year for Scott Snyder fans, since he's doing the art for Snyder's book The Wake.

As for bonuses, a few added pages of the original covers with color, some promotional art, a unused cover, and three biographies on Chris, Gwen, and Thomas. And a epilogue at the very end on Sean Murphy's simple explanation of becoming an Atheist.

I personally had very little weaknesses, but if I had to name one it would have to be with the ending being a little too sudden and out of place plot twist (don't want to spoil anything, but here's an example of what I'm talking about: imagine a bunch of people in an elevator shaft, falling 30 stories down and only one person dies, while everyone else mysteriously is uninjured. You'll see what I mean). But for other possible negatives, one is the content itself. This is for mature and level-head readers. There is plenty of F-bombs here and there, middle fingers, graphic gore, and adult situations concerning the discussion of politics, science, and religion, especially the mere creation of Jesus Chris, Chris, himself is enough where some readers will not get over. I'm sure there will be other Amazon reviews where people will hate this book simply because of the Jesus Christ theme, but with all do respect, this is not meant to be offensive in any way of what Murphy is trying to say and you are warned before hand. Please don't be one of those reviewers that hate the book because of the Jesus Christ motif only. Know what you're getting into before buying. As mentioned before, the book is in black and white with semi-low quality paper. Again, I think the black and white does the comic justice (and it's Murphy's original intent to have it that way!) and I do not mind the paper quality. I think it goes with the punk rock vibe of not being squeaky clean having high gloss paper, I don't know but I don't mind it. And for those who might hate it because of the lack of color, maybe one day Vertigo will re-release PRJ with color? We'll see.

So PUNK ROCK JESUS truly lives up to the hype. Everything about this book feels like it might live on to be a classic one day. I know that is a bold statement, but truly, there isn't anything quite like Punk Rock Jesus on the comic stands now or in quite some time. This really might go down as a possible top 100 best graphic novels of all-time level of awe and importance. So do yourself a favor: pull out your lighter and stick it up real high in the air, rock out, live life, and give this book a worthy place on your book shelf.
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It's not great 29 mai 2014
Par Seth Austin - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Disclaimer: This story did not offend me as a christian; It bored me as a writer.

While two stars seems a bit harsh, the more I think about it, the more I feel it is well deserved.

Let's start with the basics.

The art: Stunning. Absolutely stunning. Some of the best use of black and white I've seen since the first Sin City. While I haven't seen anything else drawn by Sean Murphy, I must say that this book actually made me want to see more, so if anything there is that.

The premise: The setup is that a reality show producer makes a show about the clone of Jesus Christ. Which I felt was a bit of a clever mix of science and religion, and creates a moral debate in one's head right away. However, the main story is about a former IRA soldier named Thomas who protects the supposed second coming. And I say "main story" a bit loosely, but a bit on that in the next bit.

The execution: ...This is where everything good I have to say immediately stops. The story loses its own focus about halfway through, and suddenly the story starts following Punk Rock Jesus as he tours with a band around the world. You might think I'm some sort of idiot for complaining that the title character is a main character, but I'm not. I'm complaining that the previous main character becomes secondary and the title character is a complete ass. Without giving anything away, towards the end Thomas has a serious moral dilemma that requires him to make a difficult choice that conflicts with almost everything he believes. Instead of focusing on him and this dilemma though, the story shifts focus back to Jesus while he does absolutely nothing interesting. Then once the story shifts back to Thomas, he's completely over how terrible of a decision he had to make. No one else in this story is worth remembering the name of. There's the evil producer who (in case the readers are terrified of subtlety) drowns a baby; A female scientist who, despite seeming sympathetic towards the clone of Jesus and his mother early on, seems to be completely indifferent by the end of everything; And finally a group of fanatical Christians who seem to have completely different motivations on each page despite them being the same people (One page they want to rescue the mother and have Jesus sent to a christian academy, the next page they want to kill the mother and send Jesus to an orphanage, and it gets more tangent as it goes on for no reason). I could go on for a few more lines to talk about the ending, but I feel I shouldn't leave spoilers in a review.

The dialogue: Unfortunately, the worst part. I'm not sure if most people who read this would be familiar with the term "strawman", but here's a brief description. A strawman is a character who speaks the opposite of the writers opinions, and since they have the opposite opinions as the writer, they will often be portrayed talking to a character who speaks for the writer's opinion. The strawman will not be portrayed as intelligent, they will not have well thought out arguments, they will not have good responses to anything the other character says. This is because the writer has to have his opinion come out on top as intelligent and well thought out. That is the entire story.

If you're looking for good black and white artwork that almost seems to perfectly define how narrative should work between panels, I would recommend this book. Just don't expect a story that is written equally as good.
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Great read despite its flaws 10 juin 2013
Par Sebastian - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
As far as standalone graphic novels go, this one ranks quite well, though it doesn't come near the status of Classic some reviews give it. Overall a great work from Sean Murphy, both in terms of story and art. Regarding the latter, Murphy really shows a stunning handle of B&W with a great variety of resources, fleshing out characters, locations and action sequences perfectly. My main gripe with the art is that, other than Chris and Rebekah, every single character seems frozen in time: over sixteen years pass in the course of the story, and all of the adult characters in its beginning look exactly as they did by the end. I feel this might be intentional, but I can't quite figure out its purpose. A related problem is with the (low) paper quality of this edition, which I am not sure if it's just to keep costs down or a estylistic choice (newspaper print is somehow more "punk" than glossy paper, I guess).
Regarding the story, it is basically divided in two parts, one covering the life of Chris in the J2 show building since before his inception in a lab till his release from it as a teenager, the second part covering what happens after. Spread out throughout both we have flashbacks of his bodyguard Thomas's life, which starts out as a by-the-numbers Punisher-like tough guy, and comes to be the most complex and relatable character of the novel, going through his own religious experiences.
The first part of the story seemed unnecesarily long to me, while the second packs a lot more action in less pages. The persistent message regarding the impact of religion on Western culture and the modern US in particular becomes more and more prevalent and more heavy handed as it goes, to the point of being tiresome. This is mostly justified by the fact that Chris, despite his extraordinary life and attributes, is still just a teenager, and heavy handedly is how teenagers and specially punk rock tends to deliver their messages.
The fact that, given all its flaws I would still rate it fours stars, is due in equal parts to the art, the original story concept, and the surprises the script manages to pull along the way, in terms of character developments and plots twists that keeps it from being too linear and moralistic. Could have been a masterpiece, but could have also been crap. Instead, it is simply a very entertaining read.
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Great artwork, okay story, low quality 24 mai 2013
Par walter ostlie - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
DC/Vertigo took a chance on Murphy's story and I applaud them for that, but they seemed to have only gone half way. I don't mind that it isn't colored, I prefer Murphy's art in black and white. But the quality of the paper in this trade paperback really blows. I think a nice, crispy, semi-gloss paper would have really pumped up the volume on the b/w artwork. I also think they could have done a hardcover for the book.

I already said the artwork is awesome. Murphy is a master of composition and inks. It is just fun to get lost in his backgrounds. The ink work reminds me a little of Calvin and Hobbes. There is a playfulness to the line.

The story is just okay. I was really hoping for more 'UMPH' but the story was just kind of one note. The lectures on religion we just really heavy handed. I am not a religious person and I don't like the power that church/reverends/etc can wield over some people. However even I groaned reading some of these lines. I guess the story was too direct in some subject matter and not direct enough in others.

It got on the best sellers list, so maybe DC will wise up and print a hardcover version (hopefully in b/w and not color), I don't think I'd buy it again, but if you haven't bought it yet, maybe wait for the HC.
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