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Punk Rock Jesus 

"The way I see it, I'm the bastard child of America's runaway entertainment complex."

That's a quote from Chris, a boy who was supposedly cloned from Jesus Christ's DNA from the shroud of Turin.

Growing up on an island where his every move was recorded, Chris was the star of a reality series based on the assumption that he is actually the son of God.

As a teen he rebels in spectacular fashion and heads up a punk band called the Flak Jackets and renounces religion altogether.

One major force in this story is that of the New American Christians who are convinced Chris is the savior who come to see him as a blasphemer once he goes punk.

Perhaps the most interesting character in "Punk Rock Jesus" is Chris' bodyguard, Thomas McKael, an ex-Irish Republican Army soldier with a dark past.

This trade paperback does an excellent job in depicting modern America and its obsession with celebrity.

It starts off strong and gets better with every page.

This one's a keeper!

(posted October 18, 2016)

 5 Questions with... 
Tony DiGerolamo

1) On what project are you currently working?

As always, I'm working on the regular comics that appear on the Webcomic Factory: In A Relationship, Intergalactic Medical Doctor, I Hate my Kids, Willy's Space Dive, Tales of Pizza, Pin Junkies and So Many Nightmares, as well as Super Frat. I'm also freelancing at Bongo working on the Simpsons and Bart Simpson comics.

2) Whom in your field do you admire most and why?

Well, there are many, but I have to say my top guy has always been Jack Kirby. The late stuff he did for Topps comics was just amazing. He really knew how to lay the groundwork for 1,000 issues and then some.

3) How did you get into the comic book field?

I was rejected by most other media. I started self-publishing with the Jersey Devil.

4) On which title would you most like to work and why?

Working on my own titles is the best reward, but I wouldn't mind working Batman or Spider-Man. My comedy background would definitely be a bonus with Spider-Man. Mostly, I'd like to raise the bar with comic book writing. So much of it is the same and boring.

5) On what project will you be working next?

Well, I have Lester Crenshaw is Dead coming out from Comic Mix in October. And I had my first Simpson's Treehouse of Horror story in #22, it's a Ghostbusters parody called Ghostbashers.

(posted October 18, 2016)

Indie Corner


Perhaps the most interesting aspect of this issue is the artwork. It looks simple, even crude, but it works beautifully.

This is a story about superheroes called the Guardians who have looked after mankind for thousands of years.

They arrive at a lab where a villain known as Crossfire is stealing a chemical formula while being protected by an army of robot-like enerdrones.

While fighting the bad guys, the Guardians come across a civilian who wants to help.

Should they accept his offer or reject it because as a civilian he would be vulnerable in battle?

All in all, this is a fun title and JH Comics has a winner on its hands!

For more about "Beacon," go here.

(posted October  18, 2016)