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Punk Rock Jesus #1

Story and Art by Sean Murphy

Letters by Todd Klein

Reviewed by Steve Seigh

Could you imagine what the world would be like if we were to successfully clone the DNA of Jesus Christ? I predict that it would be pandemonium on an unprecedented scale. Fear of judgement and moral paranoia would overwhelm the masses and we’d probably end up killing the guy … again. So what if it did happen? What if we cloned Jesus and decided, “Hey! Let’s document the entire process and turn it into a reality show!” Because that’s exactly what happens in Punk Rock Jesus #1 . Are you ready for Jesus 2.0? Does he make you nervous? Well, repent for you sins now, brother, because he has risen!

Punk Rock Jesus #1 is one of those truly unique books that make you appreciate the comic book medium. Not that you couldn’t tell this story by way of a novel, but the visual element of comics allows for the reader to get a much more visceral sense of the carnage that resurrecting “the savior of many” would surely encourage. Presented in fine line black and white Punk Rock Jesus #1  is a free-thinking sci-fi geeks agnostic bed time story. Normally, I shy away from black and white colored books as I sometimes find them to be too busy and quite jarring to my vision as a whole. But Punk Rock Jesus #1 with it’s insane premise and stark, deeply detailed ink work won me over from the moment I turned the first page. The art is appropriate, brutal and unrelenting. Those of you with weak constitutions might want to look away. I’m only kidding. I think you can handle it.

So with the cast of an egotistical scientist, an evil doctor, and a bodyguard/caregiver with a very haunted and bloody past Punk Rock Jesus #1 will make you a believer of comics with fresh and original ideas. I’m sure that other writers have played with this concept before, I think I saw a book in Barnes & Noble once that resembled the idea of bringing Jesus back and filming the whole thing, but this comic is its own beast. The pacing is just right, the intrigue is there and I already want to punch certain characters in the face.  A book that evokes that much of an emotional and spiritual response out of me is something I want to be reading.


Buy it! I can already tell that there is going to be all kinds of blasphemous coming our way.

3 Responses

  1. speederice

    You have this incredible knack for selling me on a book in the first sentence of your reviews. Looks like I’m “getting my wallet” to head back out to the store to pick this one up.

  2. RepStones

    Dude, again a great review. I haven’t read it yet, i’ll check back when i do – its in my tray but working wed and a bank holiday here in Northern Ireland today means tomorrow is my haul day.

    Sad Face

  3. RepStones

    Ok first off, gotta say i love the paper used in the inner pages. Its the old glossless stuff and adds just an extra little cool feel to the book overall, i don’t really read any vertigo so i don’t know if this is typical of DC’s indie house or not.
    Second it was pretty cool reading this sitting here in Belfast considering the first scene of the book is set in…Belfast. Which brings me to my one criticism, the accents. i realise he’s trying to convey they are irish but its more like Oirish to me but im obviously speaking as an irishman. Perhaps Murphy could have informed us right off the bat that this first scene is set in Belfast thus doing way with the accented dialogue. Although the final panel of that scene when young Thomas and his uncle are racing away on the motorbike reads like Murphy wanted to surprise us with the location.
    Later on in the book we also see a snapshot of Dr Epstein scrolling through various papers online, you see The Belfast Telegraph, which is actually our local paper here in the city.
    The premise of the book is very interesting and i wonder how many issues Murphy envisages this title to run for?
    The pencil work is great and very detailed, to such an extent that i think it wouldn’t look as good with colours because Murphy may have had to sacrifice some of that beautiful detail in order to facilitate a more iridescent look.
    As regards our anti-hero, Thomas McKael, talk about a badass although there is more than a whiff of Frank Castle about him and how many times have we seen this former IRA tough guy character? And growing up around some those fellas, its always funny to see how they’re portrayed, Richard Gere’s effort in The Jackal being particularly cringeworthy.
    How brutal was that final panel? Talk about ending a book on a downer although given the tone of the book from the start coupled with the grimey, gritty monochrome look and oldschool rough paper we shouldn’t have expected anything less.
    Im definitely in the saddle for #2

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