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Review: Jesusfreak

Jesusfreak

There have been many different interpretations throughout history and popular culture of Jesus’s story. One of the most glaring and controversial examples is Anne Rice’s Christ The Lord series. It reimagined the religious figure out of the canon most followers had grown up believing and some thought it was sacrilegious for the author to write it. As hard it may believe, this probably was not the worst reimagining.

There was Martin Scorsese’s contentious film, The Last Temptation Of Christ, which also retold Jesus’ story and how he dealt with all the temptations of man, including the flesh where they discuss his relationship with Mary Magdelene.  On the lighter side, The Life Of Brian shows how a man who followed a similar path as Jesus would exist during this time. The one reinterpretation that has not been seen as often as these few examples is the one of action hero. This is why Joe Casey and Benjamin Marra‘s Jesusfreak had me intrigued.

We meet a young man in Sepphoris, the capital of Gallilee, that goes by the name Jesus. He’s traveled to this land as a result of his visions. We also meet Pontius Pilate, the new Roman governor, whose distaste for the locals and thirst for power is unrivaled. We also meet John The Baptist, a rough religious man whose followers treated him like the voice of God. As John and Jesus meet an uncanny spark between the two ignite and a kinship is formed instantly. As an ambush by Roman soldiers lead the two to fight alongside each other where Jesus unleashes his own fighting style, a martial art, but unfortunately John gets captured by Pontius Pilate. From there we get a mix of action as Jesus must free John, a traditional take on the Bible of Jesus’ healing, and Jesus finding himself and his destiny.

Overall, it’s an action-packed story through biblical times that I wanted to compare to Spartacus but feels more like Ghost Dog: Way Of The Samurai. The story by Casey is fun, engaging, and wildly imaginative. The art by Marra is breathtaking. Altogether, a story that will intrigue readers and think of these historical and religious figures in a totally new way.

Story: Joe Casey Art: Benjamin Marra
Story: 10 Art: 9.6 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Jesusfreak

Jesusfreak

The year is 26 C.E. A young Nazarean carpenter is having some trouble adjusting to the violent world around him-and finding his place within it. He knows he’s different, but he doesn’t know why. Not yet, anyway.

Take some kung-fu, mix in a little 70s exploitation films, stir some of the Bible, and you get Jesusfreak, a gonzo take on Jesus Christ.

The comic is a mix of over the top insanity and sort of “grounded” Biblical tale that mixes into a comic that feels like it’s not quite sure what it wants to be.

Writer Joe Casey and artist Benjamin Marra go back and forth between a story that’s a spin on the Biblical story we know and something else. That something else is a kung-fu infused action/adventure featuring giant lizard people and a style that’s a bit 70s exploitation. It never quite commits one way or another and without doing so never quite gels in a way that makes sense. Aspects seem to come out of nowhere and never quite explained like there’s pages missing to the story.

Marra’s art, with color by Brad Simpson and lettering by Rus Wooton is good. The art style really helps deliver that retro feel to it all. There’s some odd art here and there (one panel has Jesus’ finger looking like they’re broken as he performs kung-fu) but there’s a charm to it all that makes it entertaining. One also can’t overlook the fact that Jesus isn’t white and those depicted are of a darker complexion as they should be.

There’s a lot of potential here but the comic never quite commits as to what it wants to be. It’s entertaining in a pulp/grindhouse sort of way but at times it feels like it wants to be serious and other times it wants to be something like a John Carpenter film. With a bit more focus, the story would be amazing and a lot of fun. As is, it feels like it’s unsure as to what it wants to be much like the Jesus it depicts.

Story: Joe Casey Art: Benjamin Marra
Color: Brad Simpson Letterer: Rus Wooton Design: Sonia Harris
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

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Preview: Jesusfreak

Jesusfreak

(W) Joe Casey (A/CA) Benjamin Marra
In Shops: Mar 20, 2019
SRP: $17.99

The year is 26 C.E. A young Nazarean carpenter is having some trouble adjusting to the violent world around him-and finding his place within it. He knows he’s different, but he doesn’t know why. Not yet, anyway. A bloody, two-fisted tale of historical heroic fiction brought to you by JOE CASEY (SEX, BUTCHER BAKER, THE RIGHTEOUS MAKER, MCMLXXV) and BENJAMIN MARRA (Night Business, Terror Assaulter: O.M.W.O.T.).

Jesusfreak

Sex Gets Graphic… Novels

Image Comics has announced that the popular, provocative  superhero series Sex by Joe Casey and Piotr Kowalski has returned as an ongoing, original graphic novel series with Sex, Vol. 6: World Hunger hitting stores in trade paperback this April. 

In this all-new Sex experience, readers will return to Saturn City and the continuing exploits of retired superhero and awkward civilian, Simon Cooke, as he attempts to uncover the illicit secrets of the so-called Illuminati that desperately wants to recruit him. Typically, this leaves his beloved city vulnerable to all manner of desperate depravity. Fans won’t realize how much they’ve missed Sex until they indulge in this latest adventure. 

Sex, Vol. 6: World Hunger (Diamond Code FEB190105, ISBN: 978-1534308770) will be available on Wednesday, April 24. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, March 11. It will be available in bookstores on Tuesday, April 30 and can be pre-ordered now. Fans can also subscribe to receive the series delivered by mail within the domestic U.S. on Image Direct.

Sex, Vol. 6: World Hunger

Image Comics to publish Jesusfreak — an original graphic novel by Joe Casey and Benjamin Marra

Next spring, Image Comics presents Jesusfreak, an all-new, never-before-published and sure-to-be-controversial original graphic novel by writer Joe Casey and artist Benjamin Marra. Jesusfreak is a bloody, two-fisted tale of heroic historical fiction featuring a certain young Nazarean carpenter who is having some trouble finding his place within a world of ever-increasing violence. He knows he’s different… he just doesn’t know why. Image Comics will publish the original graphic novel as a 64-page, full-color hardcover retailing for $17.99 in comic book stores on March 20, 2019 and in bookstores on March 26, 2019.

An exclusive 16-page black-and-white ashcan preview of Jesusfreak, featuring a two-color cover, will be available for purchase for $1.00 at the Image Comics booth #1444 at New York Comic Con. Joe Casey and Benjamin Marra will attend the convention, which will be held at the Javits Center in New York City from Thursday, October 4th through Sunday, October 7.

Jesusfreak (ISBN: 978-1534311749) can be ordered on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, IndieBound, and Indigo.

Review: MCMLXXV #1

Meet Pamela Evans. Much more than a typical Manhattan cab driver, she also happens to be a badass monster-fighter who wields an enchanted tire iron. Welcome to the year of her greatest adventure.

A glowing object. A voice over on the radio. Gang battles in the city. A lot of the elements from writer Joe Casey and artist Ian MacEwan‘s MCMLXXV might seem familiar but together they create a whole new modern mythology from the mythology of the past. Featuring a cab drive as the heroe, MCMLXXV is a mash-up of concepts and ideas brought together for something new that’s a hell of a lot of fun.

The issue begins with a rather mundane experience of picking up a far but delivers a voice over that’ll remind individuals of The Warriors and dovetails into a Ninja battle that’s very Teenage Mutant Ninja Turles. With gang battles like Big Trouble in Little China, and a glowing tire iron ala Mage (instead of the bat), the comic feels like it’s trying to be the Ready Player One of comics delivering winks and nods to classic franchises remixed in a way. That’s not bad at all as the comic without any of that is engaging and a hell of a lot of fun. Casey infuses a mystical adventure into it all too as we learn more through flashbacks that only makes the set up more excited to see where it goes from this debut issue.

Artist Ian MacEwan adds to it all with a artistic flair that matches the energy Casey’s writing brings. There’s over the top scenes and MacEwan captures that feeling with every single one. The humor of it all is enhanced too with the way a character is posed or a small detail that’s the punchline in a way. There’s some scenes that just nail it through a small detail like how a passenger reacts to the madness.

The comic is just a lot of fun no matter the level you read it on. It can be a simple action fantasy story staring a cabbie in a big city or it can be that and an amazing homage to so much fun that has come before. No matter which level you choose, MCMLXXV is modern fun.

Story: Joe Casey Art: Ian MacEwan
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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MCMLXXV Introduces a Tough-as-Nails Monster-Fighter of Mythic Greatness

Fan favorite writer Joe Casey and artist Ian MacEwan come together to weave modern mythology for a new generation in the forthcoming MCMLXXV launching this September.

In MCMLXXV, readers meet Pamela Evans. Much more than a typical Manhattan cab driver, she also happens to be a badass monster-fighter. Welcome to the year of her greatest adventure.

MCMLXXV #1 (Diamond Code JUL180110) hits stores on Wednesday, September 12th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, August 20th.

The New Lieutenants of Metal Delivers Readers Into Greater Comic Glory

Image Comics has revealed preview pages from Joe Casey and Ulises Farinas’ forthcoming The New Lieutenants of Metal, which is set to launch this July.

Meet the New Lieutenants of Metal, a precision strike force ready to face any threat, and the most kick-ass, head-banging heroes ever assembled! Their names are legend: The Mighty Krieg, Vandenborg Riot, Manowarrior, Steppenwulf. Beset on all sides by a roster of vicious foes, the New Lieutenants of Metal are guaranteed to deliver you unto greater comic book glory.

The New Lieutenants of Metal #1 (Diamond Code MAY180033) hits stores on Wednesday, July 4th. The final order cutoff for comics retailers is Monday, June 11th.

Review: X-Men Gold Vol. 0 : Homecoming

It’s Tuesday which means it’s new comic book day at book stores. This week we’ve got the X-Men!

X-Men Gold Vol. 0 : Homecoming collects X-Men (1991) #70-79, X-Men/Dr. Doom Annual 1998, and Material from X-Men Unlimited (1993) #18 by Joe Kelly, Joe Casey, Jorge Gonzales, Bill Rosemann, Carlos Pacheco, Jeff Johnson, German Garcia, Mat Broome, Aaron Lopresti, and Martin Egeland.

Get your copy in comic shops and book stores today. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

 

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Review: Cable: The Nemesis Contract

It’s Tuesday which means it’s new comic book day at book stores! This week we’ve got Cable!

Cable: The Nemesis Contract collects Cable (1993) #59-70 and Annual ’99 and X-Man #45-47 by Joe Casey, Karl Bollers, Michael Higgins, Terry Kavanagh, Jose Ladronn, Stephen Platt, Andy Smith, German Garcia, Alitha E. Martinez, Mark Pajarillo, and J.H. Williams III.

Get your copy. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

 

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