- 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 x 3 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,010,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Rock & Roll Comics: The Beatles Experience (Rock N Roll Comics) Paperback – February 9, 2010
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Cons: Just for Beatles fans? Classic covers were not included. Authors were biased Lennon fans
As a bored ethereal spirit travels the unknown universe for eternity, it suddenly decides that it wishes to try life again. With the help of the "universe", it is guided to Liverpool England where it is born a human on October 9th, 1940. The spirit's human form is named John Winston Lennon, and although he forgets his eternal spiritual journey that got him here to this point in time, he is endowed with special understandings as he is afterall an advanced spirit, which of course gives him a leg up on the rest of the music world. Just in case though, the universe sends three soul mate spirits to help him with his music career.
The universe had designed a special plot to John's life, which begins with his unstable home life. His parents are two losers, but at least his mother Julia teaches him how to play the banjo. In his teens he meets Paul McCartney and Stuart Sutcliffe, two partners that will also help guide his musical mission. Japanese artist, Yoko Ono enters rather abruptly into Lennon's life who seems to share a cosmic connection with him. Throughout his short life, Lennon's spiritual psyche is seen building a wall of defense, which just keeps growing taller and taller with each death of someone close in his life. Yoko's cosmic spirit tries to break down Lennon's wall, and finally (according to the comics) around September of 1979 is the era in which Lennon's wall had been reduced to rubble, and he then begins feeling the true wonders of life.
Even after Lennon's death, his sprit being still interacted with Paul McCartney as he furthered his career, and he still searched for the meaning of life in his sprit form. Did he accomplish this task? Find out when you read the amazing The Beatles Experience graphic novel from Revolutionary Comics.
Revolutionary Comics was an instant favorite of mine back in the early 1990s. Under the late Todd Loren's guidance, and independent comic book that chronicled the stories of our favorite rock bands. Covering the latest and the greatest from Motley Crue, The Who, Metallica, KISS, Queen, Bon Jovi, Rod Stewart, Ozzy Osbourne and even some not so interesting unauthorized biographies on bands like New Kids On the Block and Whitesnake as well. By the end of 1991, the small comic company tackled it's biggest project to date, that of The Beatles. The comic series was eight issues long, and it included the amazing ‘Paul is Dead' alternate universe issue; mixing our favorite band with conspiracy theories that were just as interesting. Unfortunately when Todd Loren was murdered in 1992, the brand Revolutionary Comics and the Rock and Roll Comics subsidiary died as well. That is until very recently, when the comics were reissued in deluxe graphic novel form.
The Beatles Experience was a fantastic feat, warts and all. Sure there were some mistakes and historical errors, but the real charm comes from the writing. Bringing us the illustrated visuals of the history of the band including the now infamous stories of Beatle legend, which are intertwined here. Some of the story is pure imagination from the views of the authors, but in my opinion it doesn't take away from the attraction of the project.
The pages are all black and white sketches with no color inking. The Beatles comic had a special format to it, which set it apart from the other Revolutionary Comics. On every page there is a timeline, which chronicles happenings in Beatle lives, also music releases of that month and year, as well as the headlines from the same corresponding month shown below in the illustrations of the Beatles story. It's up to the reader I suppose to conclude on how The Beatles inspired the times, or possibly how the decade inspired the band. Perhaps it is a bit of both. All of this extra information makes the graphic novel a reference guide as well as a fascinating look at the story of the greatest band of all time.
I admit that there are some minor drawbacks with this book. Firstly, I wish that the novel had included the fantastic color illustrations, which made up the eight original covers. For me, this would have completed the book. These imaginative covers were a big part of what drew me to these comics in the first place. Also, it kind of gets in the way of the real history that this story was written from John Lennon's perspective. It allows the authors' biased love for Lennon over McCartney to take over the story.
This story starts from infinity past, and then from October 1940 up until December 1991. There are 240 pages, and the cover, although paperback is a heavy duty which feels almost like a rubber material which hopefully is made to last many reads. This fantastic re-release couldn't have been a greater idea, and I hope that most of the comics get released again in some shape or form so that this generation can enjoy them.
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.