Comic Reviews: Punk Rock Jesus and Deadpool Kills The Marvel Universe!
Punk Rock Jesus #2 (of 6)
Alright, I’m calling it: Sean Murphy’s Punk Rock Jesus is my favorite comic of 2012. When I received the first issue a week ago as a gift, I had no idea what to expect from it. After reading it, I was blown away by its originality, and now after reading the second issue, I am officially hooked. Following the exploits of a scientist and reality show that has allegedly cloned Jesus, the book deals with some heavy issues revolving around faith, violence, and the media. Writer/creator/artist Sean Murphy has created one of the most unique comics of all time, and something that can truly only work in the comics medium.
Gwen Fairling has given birth to Chris, the “clone of Jesus”, and is now living in seclusion on the “J2” mountain. Hungry for ratings, the masterminds behind the reality show have begun spinning anything than can into “miracles” performed by the infant Chris. Everything from writing “Genesis” with blocks to turning the juice in his bottle into wine. Of course, these are all elaborate tricks to boost ratings and manipulate the world into believing that this child is in fact, the new Jesus Christ on Earth. After finally breaking under the pressure, Gwen convinces Thomas, the badass ex-IRA head of security, to take her off the island and try to find her family. Things go….not great. At all.
As I’ve previously mentioned, Punk Rock Jesus touches on some very heavy issues, and wears it’s mature readers label like a badge of honor. However, nothing is gratuitous. In fact, every violent piece or swear word is done in service to the story, and not as shock value. Sean Murphy is starting something amazing here. Get on board now.
Deadpool Kills The Marvel Universe #2 (of 4)
Whoa. If you thought DKTMU‘s first issue was violent, you haven’t seen anything yet. Following on the previous issue’s pretty awesome development of a long dormant, extremely evil persona of Deadpool taking over, the second installment of the Wade Wilson’s carnival of chaos doesn’t let up for a single moment. Everyone from Spider-man, Iron Man, and even the Hulk meet their makers at the hands of the Merc With A Mouth, and you know what? It’s a lot of fun. Writer Cullen Bunn has tapped something in Deadpool that is pretty unsettling, and the mystery surrounding his actions remains intriguing. Dalibor Talajic’s pencils are spot on, and add a nice touch of realism to some of the over-the-top ways that Wade dispatches the Marvel Heroes. It’s not for the faint of heart, but it’s definitely an entertaining read, especially if you’ve become tired of the typical Deadpool fare that’s out there.