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Marked Paperback – November 1, 2005
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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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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.Read more ›
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.
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".
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!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Interesting way to get kid teens that might not otherwise to look at the Bible. Using for Teen SS ClassPublished on June 5, 2013 by Cecil Barrier
To echo Mr. Grossman, This definitely a book that is for Christians looking for a new way to look at the Gospel of Mark. Read morePublished on March 19, 2011 by Sean Myers
As the mother of three teenage daughters, I am always looking for ways to get my kids thinking about what they value and why. Read morePublished on March 12, 2010 by C. Wiles
I loved this book. I was blown away by the intensity of it and by how much it challenged my previous conceptions of my faith. Read morePublished on March 5, 2010 by Suzy Que
Brilliant, thought provoking, and thoroughly creative. Steve Ross has a powerful voice and vision that gives us all permission to profoundly reflect on how this story fits into... Read morePublished on March 4, 2010 by C. Yerly
Why aren't more bookstores giving shelf space to Steve Ross' take on the first of the gospels? His style is aggressive and his interpretation wide open to conjecture. Read morePublished on March 2, 2010 by Jim Pratzon
I absolutely loved this novel - what a fresh, modern take on the Book of Mark. I highly recommend it for both those familiar with the Bible, and not... Read morePublished on March 1, 2010 by R. C. Yerly
I had heard good reviews of Marked but wasn't sure. I was really blown away by Ross' telling of this story! Read morePublished on May 11, 2008 by Big Jess