Punk Rock Jesus

Punk Rock Jesus

Graphic Novel - 2013
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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).
Publisher: New York : DC Comics, 2013
ISBN: 9781401237684
Branch Call Number: MURP
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly illustrations

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devmar8
Oct 20, 2017

Please do yourself a favor and read this book. It's amazing in every sense of the word

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Kyanite
Apr 01, 2015

WWPRJD? I imagine he'd say you should read this book. Unless you're one of those really religious types who take offence at blasphemous tales like this one. In that case, I think he'd use a stronger word than "should".

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klutzrick
Jan 05, 2014

In the near future, a clone of Jesus stars in the reality show J2. After an American Idol-style determination process, the young virgin Gwen is implanted with a fetus grown from genetic material supposedly cobbled together from the fabled Shroud of Turin, and gives birth to the childhood on live TV. Troubled, former IRA operative Thomas McKae protects the newborn and his mother from various attacks, primarily spearheaded by religious fanatics. As the conflicted Chris, the name chosen by Gwen for her child, ages, he grapples with his televised reality. The teen "messiah" eventually joins a punk rock band in an attempt to construct his own destiny. Murphy's scratchy, Ralph Steadman-influenced art and his Hunter Thompson-infused script further enhance the alternative and edgy subject. Similar to the best of punk music, the tale overcomes the seeming rough edges, revealing a better understanding of the world around us. Blasphemous, irreverent and full of violent imagery, Murphy's brilliant, heretical Punk Rock Jesus expertly examines the role of religion in our technological-driven 21st century society.

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Kyanite
Apr 01, 2015

Kyanite thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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