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The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story Expanded Edition Paperback – October 25, 2016
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The pop art 60's style woven into the narrative serves to bring the reader back to the decade that the story is set within, and the script doesn't sugar-coat or shy away from the struggles Epstein faced being a closet homosexual in an era where it was actually illegal! Actual dialogue from interviews with Epstein supplement an already convincing dialogue.
Gripping, moving and masterfully done. A high water mark in biography books and another great example of the power of sequential art.
That isn't to take away from Vivek Tiwary's story which is equal parts engaging, interesting, funny and ultimately tragic. This is by far one of the best Original Graphic Novel's I have ever read, and it should go down with all of the other classics like Watchmen or Persepolis.
Even if you aren't a fan of The Beatles, this story will draw you in and hook you.
Beautifully illustrated by Andrew Robinson (with a fun sequence by Kyle Baker detailing the Beatles' rather disastrous visit to the Philippines in '66), the story by Vivek Tiwary is a touching and quite informative look into the life of Brian Epstein. Robinson's art is nothing short of brilliant. The likenesses are astonishingly accurate yet still stylistic and the layouts and colors are sublime.
May I suggest, for fans of this book, the equally wonderful VOODOO CHILD HC: The Illustrated Legend of Jimi Hendrix graphic novel by Martin I. Green with amazing art by Bill Sienkiewicz. It's available via third-party sellers on Amazon Marketplace at astonishing low prices and well worth it.
The decision by the authors to take poetic license with the story and introduce the character of Moxie as Brian's guardian angel was a big risk that pays off. Brian Epstein deserved to be celebrated much more than he was, because the element of love that was so much of the Beatles from 1965 until his death in 1967 was due to the larger than life love he had for the group.
Thank you for a great and beautiful book.
The art was fairly beautiful. I love Robinson's portraiture, figures, and color palette. However, the Beatles often seemed a little stiff and unemotive in their facial features, which I attribute to an unfortunate slavishness to capturing likenesses. Also there were too many talking head panels. Nonetheless, superb artwork.
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This book has stunning artwork and really captures Brian's emotions, flaws and talents. His love for the Beatles, his vulnerability, his reliance on drugs and his difficult feelings about his sexuality. This is his story, not the Beatles, but the two are entwined and will be forever. It is unlikely that they would have become the success they did without him and, despite his faults - both business and personal - he never purposely did anything that could hurt them. For Brian, they were his `boys' and he adored them. Even in the Sixties, Brian said that their music would be played forever. He was right again.
Although I have never really read a graphic novel myself, although I have brought them for my son, I thought the format worked really well. I found the illustrations - especially those of a grainy post-war Liverpool, and of Brian watching the Beatles for the first time - very moving. Overall, this was a really sympathetic portrayal of a man who should really be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and given the respect and recognition he so deserves.
A series of episodes in the life of Brian, some straight (pun unavoidable), some fantasy, it tries to paint a picture rather than show a photograph. The artwork is wonderful, both the "realistic" style of the main artist (Andrew Robinson) and the fun little "cartoon" drawn by Kyle Baker. The dialogue isn't always that good, and can sometimes be rather stilted - Tiwary could, perhaps, have used a more forceful editor - and I felt that the start is better than the finish, which is a shame. But the whole is a beautiful thing, with just a niggle that it could have been BETTER.
an amazing book and amazing illustrations. Can not fault the actual item.
Only problem is that the sides and spine were slightly scuffed
The story is most interesting.
Difficult to know what others will think about the book.
Lo consiglio a tutti gli appassionati di Beatles, ma è perfetto anche per chi non ne sa nulla. I disegni valgono già da soli l'acquisto e la storia è narrata in maniera avvincente e particolare. Al di là di questo ho davvero apprezzato la parte finale, dove gli autori raccontano come hanno realizzato il lavoro e ci sono anche spiegazioni della vita di Brian Epstein, con ulteriori tavole del disegnatore.
DAS braucht wirklich keiner !
Ich bin wirklich ein großer Beatles-Fan und kenne
-fast- alles, was veröffentlicht wurde, aber DAS ist
eine schlecht erfundene Geschichte.
Kauft es nicht !