Punk Rock Jesus

Punk Rock Jesus

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by Sean Murphy
     
 

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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… See more details below

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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).

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This bracing tale of the Second Coming uses contemporary social issues to explore a familiar “what if?” scenario—namely, what would happen if Jesus showed up and was confronted with the corrupt, consumerist culture in which we live? In Murphy’s version of this oft-posed query, a power-hungry producer of a reality television show plays a key role: he has Jesus’s DNA, extracted from the Shroud of Turin, injected into an anonymous teenager whom he “casts” as the new virgin. In tracing the maturation of the new Jesus (named Chris here), the action is fast and the plotting is thick—there is a former IRA terrorist as the producer’s head of security, a geneticist whose work is tied to the success of the show, and a very gentle polar bear. The ambitious story tends to get a little too big in terms of plot; this bloating distorts character dynamics, occasionally twisting them in unnatural directions. But the story’s bigness has an upside: 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. (Apr.)
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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

Library Journal
In the near future, with global warming threatening coastlines, geneticist Sarah Epstein secures funding for her plan to engineer carbon dioxide-gobbling plants by participating in a new reality TV program. She implants DNA extracted from the Shroud of Turin into the womb of a young virgin, and so is born Chris, the new Jesus Christ. With holograms for classmates, and a surrogate family including Sarah's daughter Rebekah, who is Chris's age and a former IRA terrorist head of security, Chris grows up in an island compound in front of the entire world, his existence splitting Christians into two factions: those who believe he's the Second Coming, and those who believe the "J2" project is an abomination. VERDICT Murphy's spiky, detail-rich black-and-white artwork brilliantly illustrates an engrossing and surprising story that achieves a heightened sense of reality: a place where satire turns questioning and abstract, larger-than-life issues and conflicts are concretized on a human scale. An audacious, nuanced, and hugely compelling tale of science and religion, belief and rebellion, damnation and redemption—and, yes, punk rock—this work is highly recommended for older teens and adults.—S.R.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781401244828
Publisher:
DC Comics
Publication date:
04/09/2013
Sold by:
DC Comics
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
826,582
File size:
140 MB
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From the Publisher
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
 

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