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Rock & Roll Comics: The Beatles Experience (Rock N Roll Comics) Paperback – February 9, 2010


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Product Details

  • Series: Rock N Roll Comics
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Bluewater Productions (February 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1427642273
  • ISBN-13: 978-1427642271
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.8 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,817,205 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Throughout the 90's, "Rock 'N' Roll Comics”, was a popular staple on the newsstands. Now the title will be receiving an encore as newly-packaged graphic novels through Bluewater Productions in partnership with the original creators Revolutionary Comics.

Great ideas, like the marriage of rock 'n' roll and comics, have the half-life of uranium and will always be popular," says Jay Allen Sanford of Revolutionary Comics. "The folks at Bluewater clearly have their fingers on the same pop culture pulse that enabled the original Rock 'N' Roll Comics to be

The original series published by Revolutionary Comics ran from 1989 to 1994. At it's height in the early 1990's sources report that Revolutionary Comics was the largest independent comic publisher in the industry. Circulation for each issue regularly surpassed 50,000. During its run, the company won

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Rather, the writing is competent, the choices made were horrible.
J. Dollak
A very interesting approach, and worth looking into for both Beatle fanatics and casual fans.
D.C.G.
Here's hoping someone else will do a better graphic version of the Beatles' story.
Chicago Bookworm

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D.C.G. on April 27, 2010
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The Beatles Experience is a very thorough account of the story of the Beatles from birth to modern times. The drawings and storyline are first rate. The authors take a very interesting zen-like approach showing the spirit of John Lennon entering his human form from after soaring through the universe. Needless to say, this presents the Beatles story primarily from a Lennon perspective. The comic novel also includes a chronolog timeline noting related events happening at the same time in the world, in music, and in the Beatles' own lives which helps put the Beatles storyline within the context of the times. A very interesting approach, and worth looking into for both Beatle fanatics and casual fans.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chicago Bookworm on November 13, 2010
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The Beatles' story, featuring four vivid personalities attaining unprecedented success and splitting in acrimony, the whole thing set to world-changing music, is made for a graphic novel. It's a minor miracle that this version is so disappointing.

The artwork is the best part. It isn't breaking any new ground, but it's more than competent, and there's some interesting variation of perspective and point of view in the panels. The text, however, is so simplistic and biased that at times it amounts to a funhouse mirror.

This book takes a Lennon-centric view of the Beatles to the ultimate extreme. The first pages feature John as a disembodied spirit traveling through the universe, telling the Supreme Being he wants to be born male in Liverpool in 1940. He requests a life lesson so difficult "that the lesson stays with me through my next fifty lives." Then we get this:

"Unbeknownst to the newborn infant, three soul-mates are sent to earth to enhance his experience on this chaotic sphere . . ." [drawings of three embryos, each saying "Yeah!"]

So, if you see John Lennon as a divine spirit and Paul, George, and Ringo as lesser beings sent along to "enhance his experience," you might enjoy this book. If you see them all as human beings with strengths and weaknesses, you'll have some difficulty with it.

George and Ringo are reduced to bit players, at best. There's no real recognition of their substantial musical contributions to the band. Paul at least gets the dignity of attention, though it's mostly negative. The treatment of John's assassination is also disturbing; I can understand wanting to find comfort in portraying it as just a means for Lennon to move on, in cosmic evolutionary terms, but I found this offensive.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Dollak on June 3, 2010
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I spotted this in a comic shop first, and decided to order from Amazon to take advantage of a much better price.
I thought this would be a natural for me. I like comics. I like The Beatles. The artwork was fine. But the writing was horrible.
Rather, the writing is competent, the choices made were horrible.
First, the book idolizes Lennon. Lennon had some good ideas, but like many creative people, he needed others to bring the ideas to fruition. McCartney's abilities are trivialized.
Second, there's a very annoying tendency to write in references to songs. This isn't done in a realistic way, this is written as the equivalent of winking at the reader and saying "see, we're talking about The Beatles!"

There is a positive thing that the collection does. They compile some news events and big singles of the time period on each page. This is interesting information.

I have no interest in ever looking at this book again. And I'm the sort who pulls out my copy of A Hard Days Write every year.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By lkm on May 5, 2010
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This graphic novel gets things wrong in so many places, in so many ways. The Beatles' story is layered, interesting, inspiring - and available from a variety of sources. The creators of this waste of paper and ink don't improve or dramatize - they just get it wrong. Mistakes large and small, all stupid. I'm sorry I wasted the money on it, and would rather put it in the recycling bin than subject another person to reading it.
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This is a great biography book! I learned a lot that I did not know, and it was fun to read. Who would of ever thought that a comic book can be in a biography format. I think these are great collectibles as well as a fun read. I really enjoyed the artwork as well - very classic and cool!
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