The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story – Review

The Fifth Beatle Cover

As an actual graphic novel, (As in it is a comic released as a complete whole in one volume rather than a collected trade of single issues but called a graphic novel instead of a comic book trade by people too scared to call things comic books out of fear of being labelled immature by people with pointy fingers.), The Fifth Beatle takes the reader on a journey through the life of the man behind the Beatles, Brian Epstein and how he took a group of lads from Liverpool and helped make them music gods. (They were more popular than Jesus don’t ya know) It is a comic book so fancy it even got its own trailer to help drum up interest in the book.

It is also a comic that takes liberties with the truth to tell a better story for the right reasons and also, fittingly in the same way that Epstein himself mythologised the Beatles. By changing names, faces, events and adding an element of the other, the book stands out as a tour de force of filmic comic book story telling. It is a tightly packed story that hits all the right beats (heh) while painting a picture of a man that so few know about. It is one of the best non-Superhero comics that I have had the pleasure of reading and I cannot wait to see how this graphic novel will be adapted into film. (Yes they are making a movie of it too!)

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Awesomeness of the Week

Been busy playing Marvel Heroes again….

Marvel One-Shot “All Hail The King” Teaser

“Bloody hell, it’s not exactly The Rtiz is it?”

I love the Marvel One Shot shorts that come on the Blu-Rays for their films. They have always been nice little additions to the extra features and since the Avengers they have proven a good way of fleshing out the MCU a bit more in between the main movies.

I am excited about All Hail The King in particular because I am a fan of the Mandarin/Trevor Slattery twist in Iron Man 3. In particular how it deftly side-stepped the inherent racism in the character of the Mandarin and chose to highlight the nature of Superhero Vs Supervillain relationships and dynamics of the culture of fear perpetuated by the news media instead. (See comic book movies can slip in the odd wink to on-topic issues between the explosions and awesomeness!)

That and Ben Kingsley can be a very funny man when he wants to be. You can tell he loves the character and the complete daftness of him. He gets a chance to step into his shoes again and we get a chance to find out more about him while laughing at his antics. Everyone is a winner!

Belated Awesomeness of the Week

The best of last week this week: (I’ve been busy alright!)

Awesomeness of the Week!

Quite light on the awesomeness this week: