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The Fifth Beatle is the untold true story of Brian Epstein, the visionary manager who discovered and guided the Beatles - from their gigs in a tiny cellar in Liverpool to unprecedented international stardom. Yet more than merely the story of "The Man Who Made the Beatles," The Fifth Beatle is an uplifting, tragic, and ultimately inspirational human story about the struggle to overcome seemingly insurmountable odds. Brian himself died painfully lonely at the young age of thirty-two, having helped the Beatles prove through "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" that pop music could be an inspirational art form. He was homosexual when it was a felony to be so in the United Kingdom, Jewish at a time of anti-Semitism, and from Liverpool when it was considered just a dingy port town.

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14 internautes sur 15 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Par Robert Pendarvis - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
I'd been looking forward to reading this book for many moons now, following various sneak preview posts and tidbits on facebook and elsewhere. I've been a fan of artist Andrew Robinson's work for literally decades, having had the great pleasure of being one of his "teachers" at the Savanah College of Design. Now that I think of it, we even had the occasional opportunity to collaborate (Andy provided exquisitely rendered illustrations for a number of movie reviews I wrote for the school newspaper).

I mention all this just to clear the air in the spirit of "full disclosure." After all, one's suspicions are always raised when you read an unapologetically RAVE review like the one I'm posting here.

First of all, even though the story of Brian Epstein was thoroughly researched by author Vivek Tiwary, this is far, far from a straightforward narrative. Choosing instead to go with a more expressionistic, surreal approach, The Fifth Beatle takes quite a few liberties with both the story and the storytelling, and the reader is all the better for it. I can still remember the disappointing feeling I had while reading 1977's Marvel Super Special Number 7: The Beatles Story, written by David Anthony Kraft and drawn by George Perez and Klaus Janson. Despite being a fan of all three creators, it was sadly obvious that their by-the-numbers hack job didn't come close to capturing the essence and excitement of all-things Beatles. It read like it was produced by a committee, without a shred of creativity or inspiration. It was nothing more than "product," not remotely to be confused with art.

But The Fifth Beatle is something different, something new. This is apparent right from the start, via an almost wordless five-page opening sequence, portraying Brian's private struggles to find personal happiness (looking for randy sailors down by the docks) in contrast with Liverpudlian teenagers seeking the communal joys of a Cavern Club concert appearance by The Beatles. Robinson uses a limited palette of blues and greys to suggest the limited options and quiet desperation of life in Northern England in general, and Brian Epstein's closeted life specifically. Of course, once Brian's path intersects with The Beatles, the color palette opens up considerably, with all the appropriately powerful symbolism this historic pairing deserves.

Throughout the book, the art works its magic in subtle and not-so-subtle ways, much the same way the best music of The Beatles combined instantly accessible melodies with innovative arrangements and unique sounds (backwards guitars, sitars, tape loops). His images of Brian and The Beatles are equal parts larger-than-life caricatures and sensitively nuanced character studies. The page designs and panel layouts, while always serving the needs of the story, are also never afraid to take chances, constantly taking advantage of Andy's innate sense of graphic design, along with his painterly "anything goes" mindset. Any fan of his illustration and comics art needs to be aware that this book is overflowing with some of the most outstanding artwork of his career--and the collector's edition is packed with bonus pages showcasing original penciled art and preliminary character designs sketches, along with Andy's comments about his process. For many, this will be reason enough to purchase a copy (or two) of this book.

Most of the art in The Fifth Beatle was produced by Andy Robinson, but celebrated comic artist Kyle Baker contributes a brief, but very effective sequence that reads like an never-aired episode of The Beatles 60s cartoon show, detailing The Beatles' bizarre, horrific treatment while on tour in the Philippines.

Some critics have harped on some of the clunkier aspects of the script, such as the frequent use of Beatles' songs within the dialogue between characters. But I'd rather focus on how author Vivek Tiwary chose to craft a more poetic, magical realist tale of the true story of how one man's fierce determination to love and to share love, ultimately led to a worldwide lovefest for the music of The Beatles and everything it represents. "All You Need Is Love," the 1967 anthem of the "summer of love" itself, has also often been criticised for its naive message, but history has proven that most people strongly disagree, rightfully understanding that, yes, all you really DO need is love. Vivek's script for The Fifth Beatle is just the right amount of pyschological probing and heartfelt stargazing. The brutal reality of his tortured private life is there for all to see, but so is his easily empathetic need to be loved, and his need to bring love to the rest of the world.

For a more "accurate" account of Brian Epstein's life before and after The Beatles, you'll need to search elsewhere. But if you're interested in reading a beautifully imagined and gorgeously illustrated story that uncovers the truth behind the truth, look no further. Plans are already well underway to adapt The Fifth Beatle into a motion picture, but this graphic novel stands on its own, a labor of love for all concerned, and a moving tribute to a relatively unsung hero in The Beatles' saga.
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Great art, terrible writing 4 mars 2014
Par Victor Bianchin de Oliveira - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
I was immediately attracted to this book when I saw some pages on the internet and realized how beautiful it was. I bought it and waited patiently figuring this would finally tell the story of Brian Epstein in a proper way.

Turns out the art really is amazing. Andrew C. Robinson's drawings are not only beautiful and full of detail, but they're also painted with splendid colors that make the pages jump out at you. He is a master of light and shadow and each page has such beautiful contrast that you just have to stop and admire it. Also, his art retains a certain "60s feel" to it that is just perfect for the theme.

The bad thing is, Vivek Tiwari's writing is not up to it. His script feels rushed and disconnected, and some points of Brian's story go by mostly ingored (his childhood and his discovery as a homossexual, for instance). There are holes in the plot (The Beatles are introduced as a trio and the whole Pete Best's demise thing is completely ignored; then Ringo appears out of nowhere). A lot of characters are portrayed in a charicatural, almost cartoonish way, like Brian's parents, who appear as a smiling, mechanical, conflict-free pair of robots. And what to say of the Beatles, who only speak in punchlines? A lot of times, I felt I was reading a parody rather than a serious biography.

Only worth buying for the art.
9 internautes sur 10 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Wonderful and Dark 20 novembre 2013
Par Mary Bookhounds - Publié sur
Format: Relié

I think I have read almost every book written about the Beatles but I seem to have missed out reading in detail about Brian Epstein's life. This wonderfully illustrated story about his life achieves what words alone cannot. It shows in graphic detail exactly how hard it was for him to be two of the worse things at this point in history: a Jewish homosexual. He was bullied and tortured but seems to overcome these issues by doggedly pursuing success by all means to create the biggest band in the world. He is cunning and determined in his plan to make them famous.

The illustrations are perfectly suited and the colors, primarily red, black and white fit the time period with the pop images that I have come to associate with that time period. It also shows exactly how damaged Epstein was since being gay during this time was illegal and he in turn resorted to drug to mask his pain. I don't know if Moxie really existed as just one person, but her sparkling personality did much to help the narration. I really enjoyed this one and I think that it would make an excellent gift for any Beatle's fan
8 internautes sur 9 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Please read this Story! 2 décembre 2013
Par Tyler P. Duggan - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
I urge any and all Beatles fans to please read this MASTERPIECE! There aren't enough stars to give this exquisite book, a tour-De-force for sure, everything about this graphic novel is engaging, imaginative, and artistic. A complex, romantic look back at the man who made the Beatles complete with fantastical art style, romance, passion, grief, and glory. The story of the Beatles rising as you have never heard or seen before. The perfect venue for this type of story, the textual flavors and splashes of color with the stylized lines of the art produce an ideal and UN-bested story. Compelling and informative, there is no reason to skip this.
6 internautes sur 7 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Not As Good As I Had Hoped 3 janvier 2014
Par Jacob Hunt - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
The story felt disjointed and lacking in insight. I suppose I would have preferred a straightforward historical account, but I think the more symbolic, poetic approach attempted by the author could've worked. It just didn't for me. Things seemed overly sentimental, and what should have come across as tragically sad played as comically pathetic.

The art was fairly beautiful. I love Robinson's portraiture, figures, and color palette. However, the Beatles often seemed a little stiff and unemotive in their facial features, which I attribute to an unfortunate slavishness to capturing likenesses. Also there were too many talking head panels. Nonetheless, superb artwork.
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