Punk Rock Jesus 4 Review Short Version: Punk Rock Jesus 4 brings us to the 2/3 point of the series and we are really getting to the heart of things now. We have a clone of a savior that may really be the real thing but does not believe it and a man sworn to protect him because he does believe even if his belief causes him to do terrible things. This is art, folks.
Punk Rock Jesus 4 Writer and Artist: Sean Murphy
Punk Rock Jesus 4 Review
If you’ve read any of previous reviews of Punk Rock Jesus, it will probably not surprise you that I thought Punk Rock Jesus 4 was great. The best issue since the first, and the intervening two issues have been pretty great in their own right. Here, as we start to get into the downhill side of the series, which is slated to run six issues, we see young Chris finally reaching the punk rock phase that forms the title of the series and reject who everyone else believes him to be (and who he might actually be). The dichotomy between Chris, who rejects what everyone else believes him to be and decides maybe he doesn’t believe anything at all, and those that are trying to protect him, both for who he is and who he might be, is interesting. In particular, Punk Rock Jesus 4, like the previous issues, is just as much Thomas’ story as it is Chris’ and we get another nice piece on his formative years. I’ll tell you what has really impressed me about Punk Rock Jesus (besides the interesting story and well-written comic book part) is that Sean Murphy’s pacing of the series has just been exemplary. Nothing has come across as too fast or forced, even when things move forward in time (sometimes substantially). I can’t wait for the last two issues in the series.