Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Punk Rock Jesus #2 - Review

(Cover image from Vertigo Comics website)
The first issue of Punk Rock Jesus left readers on a very startling and powerful cliffhanger. Now we fast forward a bit into the lives of Chris, Gwen, and Thomas as they live on the island of J2 and deal with protesters and religious extremists trying to get their hands on the cloned son of God. But there are some things about J2 that have Thomas concerned, and an unexpected miracle might change things on the island forever.

Written and drawn by Sean Murphy, this Vertigo title's second issue was just as satisfying as the first. It's crisp black and white pages are full of detailed panels and complex storytelling.

Murphy lets the words and images tell the story in just the right balance. There isn't over explanation, and there aren't too many images to convey what's happening with the characters and main plot points. Every moment is carefully selected and every line of dialog seems to fit like a puzzle piece.

Chris as a character still hasn't blossomed, due to the fact that he's still so young, but the time spent with Thomas the bodyguard is intriguing and sheds more light on the type of world he was born into.

The one complaint I've heard some people say with this book is that it's in black and white. I personally love black and white comics and think that this narrative presents it well on the newspaper type print stock that they've used for the book.

It isn't your average comic book, that's for sure, but it's definitely a welcome change. The market needs more original types of stories and Punk Rock Jesus delivers on that front.

RATING: 8.5/10

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