- Paperback: 96 pages
- Publisher: Omnibus Press (April 1 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1849386994
- ISBN-13: 978-1849386999
- Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 0.5 x 21.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 249 g
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #459,810 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Godspeed: Kurt Cobain Graphic Novel Paperback – Apr 1 2011
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About the Author
Barnaby Legg has been creating graphic novels and other assorted fictions inside his head since early childhood, and you cannot imagine what a relief it is for him to finally get this one out.
Jim McCarthy is a widely published illustrator and comic strip artist. He has created for 2000AD, working on Bad Company, Bix Barton, The Grudgefather and Kid Cyborg. He is also the author of Voice of Latin Rock: Music from the Streets.
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If you are unfamiliar with Kurt Cobain's life, GODSPEED should not be your first read. Read Heavier Than Heaven (by Charles Cross), and once you've done that, pick up this graphic novel.
Prior reviews have bashed this book as being "an exaggerated tale" and "over-the-top." NEWSFLASH: it's a comic book. Not a biography, not sacred text...a comic. Heros are exaggerated, rivals are morphed into treacherous villains. There is not grey, only black and white. This particular comic is chock full of fantastic art, moving imagery and composition, all while remaining fairly truthful to what is known about Kurt's life. (It even includes a reference to the little known cassette recordings Kurt's aunt still owns...in which Kurt is calling out to Boddah...who he thinks is speaking to him on the recorder.)
That said, there are those of you who are just too cool to take a breather and read this fairly light booklet. So don't. But those of you who take yourselves less seriously, give it a look. I believe you'll be pleasantly surprised.
If there is a truth to her position in his life as a friend and wife, one will never know what it is. Except Kurt himself.
Too bad he isn't here to share it.
The media and music industry, with the wealthy help of Miss Love, have both suspected Courtney and covered her ass for the supposed suicide of Mr. Cobain.
Honestly, the reason I am selling this book is because the story in this book appears to be through the biased perception of Courtney Love. Another published peice of "cover her ass".
The graphics are terrific. The dialogue is clever. And there is a truth underlying the whole psuedo-biography of this rock legend. She did a nice job this time.
Too bad I didn't "buy" it.
In the mental sense, that is. I bought it at Books-A-Million the other night for about eighteen bucks in hopes that I would get more insight to the conspiracy theory to the dead rock star. Instead I find myself being dazzled from cover to cover with Courtney's victimization as her character (the wife) throughout. There is a silent Courtney whispering "it's all Kurt's fault". I'd rather sell it than have it laying around my house.
If you aren't a fan of Love, then buy it and burn it.
If you are a fan of Love, then buy it before it goes out of print.
Whether the life of Kurt and Courtney (according to this graphic-novel) was for the best or worst of times, they have bothed moved on, in their own ways, and the tale of these two will never be forgotten.
I think the authour and the illustrator really hit the point and got the message across. Flameboy is a very tallented illustrator, I think he really captured what Kurt must have been feeling at that time. Also, the authour uses very simple yet effect words and phrases, whether Kurt acctually used there I don't know but I think they create a really good blunt and shocking effect in parts.
Overall I love this book, I think its a relly visual insight into Kurts downfall that perhaps explains more and is easier to interpret.
R.I.P Kurt Cobain
You can also email Flameboy your comments and feedback at his site.
I think he sums it up when he says that Godspeed isn't meant to be the last word on Cobain's life - it's just another take on it. No offence to Kimberley.
For me, Godspeed is well worth the read. The art is great, and the story is interesting and moving, whether you're a Cobain/Nirvana fan or not.
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