What I’m Reading: Punk Rock Jesus

April 22, 2013 § Leave a comment

Sean Murphy’s Punk Rock Jesus came out as a mini series from Vertigo last year, and having read it in trade paperback, I feel like I’m late to the party. It’s not the game changer that the jacket blurbs call it, but PRJ is finally a comic that tries to say something new.

In the near future, a corporation claims to have lifted DNA from the shroud of Turin and cloned Jesus. They create a reality show around the kid clone, claiming He’s the Second Coming. As a teenager, He rebels, joining a punk band and spreading His Word of progressive politics and atheism.

It’s more sophisticated than a lot of other political comic books out there – say, Brian Wood’s work – and in the end, its message is nothing as extreme as V for Vendetta or Watchmen, which ultimately won’t help its word of mouth; however, great inks and a well-developed message make PRJ some of the best sequential art out there today, and nothing helps work of mouth like being good.

 

Be sure to check out my horror webcomic MetaMorphosis! War is Hell.  Home is worse.

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