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Product Details

  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: SEABURY BOOKS (November 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596270020
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596270022
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #442,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Let the reader beware.' -- The Reverend William Tully --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Steve Ross An occupied country.

A people infested with demons.

a time of revolution.

a liberator rises.

One of the oldest and most powerful stories in human history comes uniquely alive in this telling of the Gospel of Mark.

Join a carpenter as he changes the world. And join Steve Ross as he re-imagines the ancient story, with all of its power and mystery intact. Told with unexpected and startling imagery, Marked will forever change the way you think about this both familiar and strange tale.

This is a human story of passion and murder. Of a compassionate man brutally killed and yet compellingly alive.

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I like when creative folk make me stop and think.
I would highly recommend it for any group, especially a youth group, that wants to grapple with their faith and be challenged.
Suzy Que
Brilliant, thought provoking, and thoroughly creative.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mir TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 17, 2005
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With my newly revived interest in old and new, well-done comic books-slash-graphic novels (think ASTONISHING X-MEN, think SANDMAN, think WATCHMEN, think SUPREME POWERS), I had to rush here to for a copy of MARKED. I first saw it featured at novelist Chris Well's nifty blog. This re-imagination of the gospel of Mark sounded like something I should "taste and see."

It arrived on a Friday. I read it the next Saturday, in one sitting. Loved it.


MARKED is clever. It's got attitude. It's got gentle moments of compassion. It's got strong visuals that mix a bag of emotions together and toss them at you. It's got humor. It captures the essence of what the evangelist wrote: a very active Son of God, a very troubled world, imperfect followers, even more imperfect antagonists, wisdom, courage, mercy, grace, death, and victory over death.

I recommend it.

I dare you not to laugh at mad-eyed John the Baptizer and the running headlines that cover the main events of that prophet's activities--even as you'll be horrified (rightly so) by the front page spread of his demise and its timeliness given some of our recent front page news. I dare you not to be thrilled at some really fine creative moments, such as the Gadarene's encounter with the Christ or the incident of transfiguration on the mount. I dare you not to feel ferklempt over the incident of Christ's meeting with the leper. I dare you not to holler, "Cool!" every few pages. And do tell me if you've seen the resurrection handled anywhere quite like this, ever. I haven't. I had to actually stop and ...STOP. No, really, I had one of those blank moments of, "What?" And I had to think. I like when creative folk make me stop and think. I like when creative folk stir things up.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Joel Grossman on February 15, 2006
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As someone who is not Christian and only knows the basics of the New Testement (and doesn't know the difference between any of the gospels), I came into Marked with a lot of expectations. Having read about it in Newsweek, I expected the story of an outsider and to learn about a religion I don't know about. The book is without a doubt meant for Christians. No background is given on the characters, we're supposed to know that Jesus is who he is, that Simon is Simon, and the land is corrupt. I was left confused and slightly frustrated at several moments. Also, a lot of the drama just wasn't there for me. Since this is an adaptation, I guess the reader is supposed to be waiting for certain moments. It just didn't work for me.

That being said, there were some moments I enjoyed. The devil is great, and the pages that lead up to the crucifixition are better than The Passion any day of the week.

Recommended for the Christian graphic novel fan.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R. J. Luedke on January 19, 2006
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As an author who has tackled Gospel translation into the graphic novel format, I commend Steve Ross on a heart-felt effort to bring the book of Mark to life with a contempory feel. It's not an easy task by any means. But Marked is slightly problematic in a couple areas. One, if it was designed to be used as an outreach to the unchurched, I felt like the narrative was not very easy to follow, (if you were not "very" familiar with the work it was based upon, I.E. the Gospel of Mark, and in some places even if you were)! It was the same kind of feeling I had when I first saw the movie, 2001. Secondly, the artwork I would say drifts more toward abstraction in many parts of the story, more than solid storytelling...which is fine and works wonderfully in soome parts of the book, but leaves the reader wondering too much in others, (what the heck just happened there?).

If Mr. Ross's intention was to merely convey how this story personally speaks to him, then he succeeded wonderfully. If he intended to bring those not familiar with the story along for the ride, I'm afraid he might have left more than a few scratching their heads, (which could be good, if it leads them to the original work to find their answers).

Robert Luedke is the author of "Eye Witness: A Fictional Tale of Absolute Truth" and "Acts of the Spirit".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kerry Walters VINE VOICE on April 7, 2008
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I picked up a copy of Steve Ross's Marked a couple of years ago, flipped through it, and for some reason was unimpressed and put it aside. I read it more thoroughly recently, and it knocked my socks off. Ross has succeeded in re-telling Mark's gospel in a way that avoids sickly piety or slick preachiness. His rejuvenation of biblical scenes that have become too familiar or too institutionalized is incredible. Through his imaginative reconstruction, Ross actually succeeds in making Mark's gospel interesting, relevant, and--mirabilis dictu!--plausible.

Ross's Marked is as much an indictment of contemporary American Christianity as it is a re-telling of Mark. The true believers--the Pharisees of Jesus' day--are drawn as properly attired respectable church-goers. But each of them--clergy included--wears a blindfold. They have eyes, but don't wish to see, and when the Jesus figure of the book, an androgynous figure who looks anything but the typically bearded guy we associate with Jesus, rips off the blindfolds, the sudden light is painful.

And speaking of atypical representations: the twelve apostles are wonderfully drawn as genuine social outcasts. They include a spike-haired punkster, a couple of dimwits, John Deere-capped yahoos, a glamorous hooker, a blind, near-autistic kid, and so on. Losers and misfits, everyone--yet absolutely, unconditionally embraced by this strange man called Jesus. But the Jesus of Marked shouldn't be mistaken for the Jesus meek-and-mild creampuff of Sunday School fame. That's the kind of Jesus that the respectable blindfolded worshippers want. Ross's Jesus is a man who loathes injustice, cruelty, and stupidity, and isn't afraid to attack it. As he shouts while disrupting the Temple moneychangers, "For the last time, I'm Not NICE!
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