Brian Epstein has never really got the recognition he deserves and this beautiful, graphic novel, helps redress that. Told with the kind of artistic flair he would have fully approved of, this is the tale of a man who was captivated - as much of the world would later be - by a group playing in a Liverpool cellar and who helped groom them for international stardom. Against all the odds, he felt they would not only be big, but the `biggest' thing in entertainment. Even the Beatles themselves felt that his expectations were unrealistic, but they weren't. He was right. I have often felt that the Beatles were lucky. While Elvis had `Colonel' Tom Parker - a man who lied to him, who cared about what Elvis could earn and not about his artistic integrity - the Beatles had both Brian Epstein and George Martin to guide them through their career.
This book has stunning artwork and really captures Brian's emotions, flaws and talents. His love for the Beatles, his vulnerability, his reliance on drugs and his difficult feelings about his sexuality. This is his story, not the Beatles, but the two are entwined and will be forever. It is unlikely that they would have become the success they did without him and, despite his faults - both business and personal - he never purposely did anything that could hurt them. For Brian, they were his `boys' and he adored them. Even in the Sixties, Brian said that their music would be played forever. He was right again.
Although I have never really read a graphic novel myself, although I have brought them for my son, I thought the format worked really well. I found the illustrations - especially those of a grainy post-war Liverpool, and of Brian watching the Beatles for the first time - very moving. Overall, this was a really sympathetic portrayal of a man who should really be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and given the respect and recognition he so deserves.