Overview An occupied country. A people infested with demons. A time of revolution. A liberator rises. Graphic telling of the Gospel of Mark.
Publishers Description An occupied country. A people infested with demons. a time of revolution. a liberator rises. One of the oldest and most powerful stories in human history comes uniquely alive in this telling of the Gospel of Mark. Join a carpenter as he changes the world. And join Steve Ross as he re-imagines the ancient story, with all of its power and mystery intact. Told with unexpected and startling imagery, Marked will forever change the way you think about this both familiar and strange tale. This is a human story of passion and murder. Of a compassionate man brutally killed and yet compellingly alive.
Citations And Professional Reviews Marked by Steve Ross has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Christianity Today - 08/01/2006 page 64
Library Journal - 01/01/2007 page 81
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Studio: Seabury Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10.48" Width: 7.04" Height: 0.43" Weight: 0.9 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 2005
Publisher Seabury Books
ISBN 1596270020 ISBN13 9781596270022
Availability 0 units.
More About Steve Ross
Steve Ross has been a yoga instructor for twenty years. Called Yogi to the Stars by InStyle, Ross has appeared in numerous publications including Vanity Fair and the New York Times. He is the host of Inhale, an early morning yoga program on the Oxygen network, and is a yoga teacher and retreat leader at Maha Yoga in his hometown of Los Angeles.
I had heard good reviews of Marked but wasn't sure. I was really blown away by Ross' telling of this story! As some reviewers have pointed out, someone unfamiliar with the Gospel of Mark might be a little lost in Ross' novel. But those who are familiar will be blown away by this fresh, brilliant take on Jesus' life and resurrection that is, surprisingly, traditional in its theology. It slaps you across the face with the way it points out the evil and hypocrisy that is present in our society, and, like many other Christian works, is chock full with visual symbolism. Pick up this book, it's worth a few good reads at least.
Re-discovering the dynamite in Mark's gospel Apr 7, 2008
I picked up a copy of Steve Ross's Marked a couple of years ago, flipped through it, and for some reason was unimpressed and put it aside. I read it more thoroughly recently, and it knocked my socks off. Ross has succeeded in re-telling Mark's gospel in a way that avoids sickly piety or slick preachiness. His rejuvenation of biblical scenes that have become too familiar or too institutionalized is incredible. Through his imaginative reconstruction, Ross actually succeeds in making Mark's gospel interesting, relevant, and--mirabilis dictu!--plausible.
Ross's Marked is as much an indictment of contemporary American Christianity as it is a re-telling of Mark. The true believers--the Pharisees of Jesus' day--are drawn as properly attired respectable church-goers. But each of them--clergy included--wears a blindfold. They have eyes, but don't wish to see, and when the Jesus figure of the book, an androgynous figure who looks anything but the typically bearded guy we associate with Jesus, rips off the blindfolds, the sudden light is painful.
And speaking of atypical representations: the twelve apostles are wonderfully drawn as genuine social outcasts. They include a spike-haired punkster, a couple of dimwits, John Deere-capped yahoos, a glamorous hooker, a blind, near-autistic kid, and so on. Losers and misfits, everyone--yet absolutely, unconditionally embraced by this strange man called Jesus. But the Jesus of Marked shouldn't be mistaken for the Jesus meek-and-mild creampuff of Sunday School fame. That's the kind of Jesus that the respectable blindfolded worshippers want. Ross's Jesus is a man who loathes injustice, cruelty, and stupidity, and isn't afraid to attack it. As he shouts while disrupting the Temple moneychangers, "For the last time, I'm Not NICE!"
Ross's visual imagining of Mark's gospel is astoundingly creative, but stubbornly loyal to the spirit and message of the gospel. The Pharisees who try to fast-talk Jesus into a corner are depicted as manic-eyed and creepy game show hosts; the rich young man who asks what he must do to be saved carries a mountain of (oppressive) luxuries on his back; Roman soldiers are depicted as helmeted, sunglassed state troopers; the death and resurrection of Jairus' daughter becomes an exploitable media-moment; and the angel in the empty tomb (which has a street address of 1546, corresponding to Mark 15:46) is the sad clown Canio from the opera "Pagliacci." What creativity!
Read Ross's Marked, then re-read Mark's Mark. Things will be different--but also the same.
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True to the original, and yet radically fresh Feb 16, 2007
Readers familiar and unfamiliar with the Gospel according to Mark will both find much to appreciate in Steve Ross's retelling. He really internalized the story and then retold it from his perspective. This version will surprise many readers who have no interest in the Gospel, or who think they understand it and have dismissed it. It will also be of great use to people who love the Gospel, but need to re-learn some parts of it. Either way, I suggest reading Marked on its own, and then read through it again alongside a more widely used translation (like the New International Version of the Gospel of Mark, to see the parallels. This is a remarkable work. I hope to see more retellings of Scripture in the future.
Only for Those With Prior Knowledge Feb 16, 2006
As someone who is not Christian and only knows the basics of the New Testement (and doesn't know the difference between any of the gospels), I came into Marked with a lot of expectations. Having read about it in Newsweek, I expected the story of an outsider and to learn about a religion I don't know about. The book is without a doubt meant for Christians. No background is given on the characters, we're supposed to know that Jesus is who he is, that Simon is Simon, and the land is corrupt. I was left confused and slightly frustrated at several moments. Also, a lot of the drama just wasn't there for me. Since this is an adaptation, I guess the reader is supposed to be waiting for certain moments. It just didn't work for me. That being said, there were some moments I enjoyed. The devil is great, and the pages that lead up to the crucifixition are better than The Passion any day of the week. Recommended for the Christian graphic novel fan.