Johnny Jihad

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John Sendel is a typical teenager. The kind that snap and would start shooting at their school. He is part of a generation reared by television in the nineties with absentee or loveless parents, cynical, and willing to wield the impetuousness of youth in a self-destructive manner. But Johnny stumbles onto fundamentalist Islam through his friend Salim, and finds a new outlet to channel his rebellious angst. He cannot but admire these people with an actual purpose in life and something to believe in. The ...

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Overview

John Sendel is a typical teenager. The kind that snap and would start shooting at their school. He is part of a generation reared by television in the nineties with absentee or loveless parents, cynical, and willing to wield the impetuousness of youth in a self-destructive manner. But Johnny stumbles onto fundamentalist Islam through his friend Salim, and finds a new outlet to channel his rebellious angst. He cannot but admire these people with an actual purpose in life and something to believe in. The facets of Johnny's humdrum existence in suburbia begin to fade, his life now has a purpose: jihad. However, the deeper he gets enmeshed, the more frightening the road becomes with no possibility of return. When the CIA gets hold of him, things take an ugly turn. Based on true facts of training camps run in the U.S. and inspired by the stories of John Walker Lindh and others...Chillingly real and hotly topical.

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Inspired by the experiences of John Walker Lindh and the Columbine shootings, this fictional exploration of our culture's casual acceptance of violence tells the story of a young martyr-in-training. Originally from New Jersey, John Sendel narrates the story as he's about to die in an American bombing run in Afghanistan. In a flashback we see Johnny in the early '90s as an unhappy suburbanite with a nowhere job, no girlfriend, an abusive, profane ex-military father, and a remote, drug-dependent mom. He's drifting through his non-life until a fellow employee shows him the Koran and involves him in an Islamic activist group. The terrorist training camp provides a family for him, while anti-Americanism provides a purpose to his life and something to blame. This is a common cultural explanation for otherwise inconceivable actions, but the treatment here pushes coincidence too far, as when Johnny manages to run into Usama Bin Laden. The story is very text-driven, with the images simply illustrating the narration instead of supporting it in a more integrated form. The expressionist art appears to be done with scratchboard, a dark, moody technique that resembles a woodcut, and paints a picture of an emotionally disconnected kid who engages in self-destructive behavior with no concern for the bigger picture. The heavy-handed indictment of all forms of violence that concludes the book will make this distasteful to some readers. Some will applaud the book for daring to challenge the conventional wisdom of the roots of terrorism; others will find it opportunistic and overly sensational, with insights that need to be more deeply thought about before being presented to the audience. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561633531
  • Publisher: N B M Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 5/31/2002
  • Edition description: Graphic Novel
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 1,060,897
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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