Punk Rock Jesus #1

Punk Rock Jesus #1

Writer: Sean Murphy Artist: Sean Murphy Publisher: Vertigo Release Date: July 11, 2012 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 1
8.3Critic Rating
5.0User Rating

The newest reality show hit has the unlikeliest celebrity of all in this new black and white miniseries from writer/artist Sean Murphy (JOE THE BARBARIAN, Off Road)! J2, the TV series starring a clone of Jesus Christ, causes chaos across a near-future United States in PUNK ROCK JESUS, a new miniseries written and drawn by Sean Murphy, the acclaimed illustrator of JOE THE BARBARIAN and AMERICAN VAMPIRE: SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST. J2 causes 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. And what effect will this all have on Gwen, the young woman who is selected, through an American Idol-style process, to be the mother of the new Messiah? All this leads to the hiring of Thomas McKael, the clones bodyguard and a former IRA operative with a turbulent past who must protect the new Messiah a b

  • 10
    Comic Book Resources - James Hunt Jul 16, 2012

    Ultimately, this is a comic destined for cult success at the absolute least, and probably greater. With its dark sense of humour 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. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Behind The Panels - Richard Gray Jul 15, 2012

    The stark black-and-white art is rough and ready, and allows Murphy to add his own punk rock slant to this wonderfully thought-provoking new series from DC/Vertigo. A solid start to what might become a must read for the year. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - stephengervais Aug 12, 2012

    All in all Sean Murphy provides us with a great story and artwork. He introduces us to so many interesting characters and lays the groundwork for what looks to be an amazing ride. The cliffhanger for this issue is one thatll actually make you gasp. This is such an overall solid issue I cant recommend it enough. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore Jul 13, 2012

    My only complaint here is that, for a guy who has sported a mohawk more than once in his life, I want some punk rock! I'm sure that is coming down the pike, but I can't wait for some misguided fashion choices and reductive thought from teenage punk Jesus. But all in all, this book hits all the right notes, and sets up a world of possibilities for the remaining five issues. Count me in. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jul 10, 2012

    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. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Dean Stell Jul 14, 2012

    A wonderful first issue. The basic concept for this story is clever and inventive, but Murphy has gone a level beyond that to create a tapestry of rich secondary characters. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Grant McLaughlin Jul 15, 2012

    Sean Murphy's new Vertigo series is a great success. He's giving readers a multi-faceted story with lots of different moving parts and interesting characters populating the world. Of course, the whole package looks amazing due to Murphy's great drawing talents. Each and every issue will clock in at 32 pages, and it's definitely a nice change of pace to get so much substance in one single comic. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Crux - Jessica Tarnate Nov 7, 2012

    Punk Rock Jesus #1 certainly has a lot going on already with the art. Sean Murphy serves up an interesting story rich with possibilities. Murphy is able to balance the unavoidable religion vs. science debate without being overwhelming. Each character brings a unique personality and voice to the story as well. While some #1 issues can feel predictable, especially at the ending, Punk Rock Jesus #1 definitely did not. The one possible downside to reading the series is also its strongest attribute: the art. Every page is a visual feast in true punk rock style, and it may overwhelm readers who prefer more realistic or softer art. But if striking, black-and-white art is your thing, then I recommend Punk Rock Jesus #1. The story is violent, complex and unpredictable. Vertigo Comics has a potential hit new series on their hands if Punk Rock Jesus continues in this vein. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Bin - Troy-Jeffrey Allen Jul 12, 2012

    Issue one tackles such a widespread number of topics that it almost makes me question whether or not Sean Murphy is up to the task of addressing even half of them. Then again, thats why I like it. Unlike most comic books that simply ignite discussions about nothing, Punk Rock Jesus recklessly wants to talk about everything. I just sure as hell hope that DC has the stones to let the second coming play out without cancellation. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Jul 14, 2012

    Punk Rock Jesus is a blast of fresh air in a comic world that can become stilted with superhero tales. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Blue Raven Comics - Garry Robertson Jul 21, 2012

    I think things could get really nasty in the next five parts, but I would give this first issue a solid 8/10 for great artwork and a very brave story line. I'm looking forward to the second issue already, to see how the story unfolds. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Florida Geek Scene - Emmanuel Malchiodi Jul 11, 2012

    Murphys artwork is excellent, even if the style is a bit derivative of mangas like Yukito Kishiros Battle Angel Alita. It suits the story well, showing a culture overrun by corporations and mindless advertisementsa splintered world, where Aldous Huxleys Brave New World beats out Orwells 1984 by offering too many choices, diluting dialogues and drowning out any voices of importance. Im not very familiar with Murphys prior work but if the art for Punk Rock Jesus is any indication of his talent Im curious to see where this title goes and what he has planned for the future. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Jul 16, 2012

    Punk Rock Jesus isn't nearly as controversial as I had expected it to be, but the idea in the book is a sound one. A clone of Jesus living in modern times and the pressures that comes with it for him and those around him. This book is a good start in exploring that idea. I definitely recommend checking this issue out. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Comic Book Bin - Zak Edwards Jul 20, 2012

    There's something here, but I don't think even Sean Murphy realizes it. Read Full Review

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