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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Omnibus Press (13 Oct 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711997632
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711997639
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.3 x 28.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 531,538 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Writer Jim McCarthy is a widely published illustrator and comic strip artist and has created for Britain's best selling comic 2000AD

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. A. Eyers VINE VOICE on 16 Nov 2003
Format: Paperback
There have been so many tacky cash-ins on the Nirvana phenomenon since Kurt Cobain’s death you’re more likely to find some exploitative, tabloid journalism piece of unauthorised biography than something that’s truly a tribute to the grunge legacy. Fortunately, this graphic novel falls into the latter category.
The story of Kurt Cobain’s life is already well-known and this book doesn’t claim to add anything to it. Everything’s here, from Kurt’s parents’ divorce, his first encounter with drugs, Nirvana’s disastrous first gig, and its triumphant final days. In fact, there’s so much here that if you don’t already know the history of Nirvana after the release of their Nevermind album, it’s not going to make much sense. But that is the single flaw with this entire graphic novel.
The comic strip is presented from Kurt’s own perspective. The narrative voice is his own. Book-ended by his suicide, we quickly learn the story is a retrospective dream – his life flashing before his eyes in those final few seconds. This dreamlike quality stops the episodic plot losing pace and momentum. Recurring images of Kurt’s imaginary friend Boddah and juxtapositions between Kurt’s parents’ problems and his and Courtney’s give this book a feeling of the unreal.
But it works. The writers and artists truly seem to have managed to get inside the head of somebody who has been dead a decade. There are even sly little digs at the people who misunderstood or exploited Nirvana. Lovingly crafted but never sycophantic, this is a must-read for all Kurt’s fans.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Baynham on 30 Oct 2003
Format: Paperback
A comic book biography seems an odd idea, and not a little irreverent, especially when regarding as tragic a figure as Kurt Cobain.
However, this book is thoroughly engrossing. It's well written and well paced, without missing out the little details that make a biography readable. It really benefits from the fact tht, as a Graphic novel, it caan fictionalise, which it does without shame. It seems odd, but it makes sense. Kurt Cobain has been fictionalised by nearly ten years of post-mortem fanaticism, so to have a biography that acknowledges that and embraces that, rather than touting itself as definitive is a real breath of fresh air.
The quality of the art is excellent if viewed in the correct light. This iss nota super-hero comic book. It does not have computerised tones, razor sharp lines and photographic art style. It's limited pallette may make it seem boring to the kind of reader who's used to that kind of thing. But don't be fooled. It's anything but dull. The art has an indie quality about it that makes it perfect for the subject matter, and it complimentss the writing perfectly.
The only problems with this book seem to be the occasional blazing typos.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Nov 2003
Format: Paperback
I've always felt that graphic novels have the ability to bring a story to life like no other medium possibly can - and Godspeed is no exception. Whether you're a first-timer to the comic book genre, or an avid collector, you won't be disappointed with Flameboy et al's exceptional first graphic.
The responsibility was heavy, but these guys shouldn't let any fans down. Whatever your take on how Cobain's life ended, the graphic stands alone as a respectful and fitting tribute.
Godspeed is as unique and powerful as Cobain's life itself - the darkness and the pain, the joy and adulation, the vulnerability and self-loathing - it's all there, screaming at you with a sometimes eye-watering intensity from each brilliantly inked and cleverly penned page. Don't be fooled...these guys know their Cobain.
For me, Godspeed is more than a graphic - it's an experience, a journey...and a very fitting tribute to a talented, tortured genius.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "purplepixxie" on 15 May 2004
Format: Paperback
This was an amazingly wonderful book. The drawings were truly breath taking. It showed how one man's gift became his curse
any nirvana fan should own this book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Z Cann on 19 July 2005
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This graphic novel was really good the illustrations were excellent and was great for even non Kurt Cobain fans. It was a fast way to get to know the talented but disturbed artist. End could of been better if the conspircy theroy was addressed.l
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "i_want_to_die" on 2 Jun 2004
Format: Paperback
In my short time here Ive read a few Kurt biographies and this one happened to be the best one. As well as going throught the facts (a few of them being incorrect) it went through Kurts feelings, which is probaably one of the most important features, especially when we're dealing with soemone like Kurt. Waht I found daring about this book were the last few pages which depicted Kurts last few moments, even though it did anger some Nirvana fans it was well worht the bother.Pure genius. The illustrations weren't exactly the "best" but as tony estrada* said they had this style that suited the book. The way the creators were able to empathze with Kurt was amazing. I cant really express myself right now (its 1 am) so anybody reading this review will think im some fool who has missed the point of the book, i havent missed the point i just cant form a coherent sentence right now. apart form that if you arent that much into Kurt/Nirvana i suggest you check this book out anyway.
* reviewing your own work!!!! im lovin it!
Amenly................
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