Counting down the Top 100 comics of the year
19. The Fifth Beatle
Written by Vivek J. Tiwary
Drawn by Andrew Robinson & Kyle Baker
Published by Dark Horse
Everyone knows who The Beatles were and many know of their history, but few knew much of their manager Brian Epstein, who guided the world's greatest musical act into uncharted waters and unprecedented success, even as personal happiness and satisfaction eluded him. Vivek J. Tiwary examines the life of a very lonely man whose homosexuality in a homophobic society kept him from ever finding true love; a man who buried himself in a very hectic and very public life as the man who made The Beatles. Beautifully illustrated, it tragically shows the life of a visionary who had everything, except what he truly needed.
-- CBR Reviewer Jim Thompson
'The Fifth Beatle' is one of the most impressive graphic novels of the year. The story of Brian Epstein, the Beatles' longtime manager, is interesting on its own, but Vivek J. Tiwary, Andrew Robinson and Kyle Baker craft a graphic novel that pushes the boundaries of the comic medium's capabilities for an impressively rendered biography.
-- CBR Reviews Editor Steve Sunu
This beautiful biography of Brian Epstein is an amazing storytelling journey through the life of the man responsible for the success of the world's greatest band. Epstein's tireless dedication to the band is touching and heartbreaking. It's a lyrical, almost dreamlike dance through his life. Robinson and Baker's art is full of life, interpreting the script in a free-form cartooning style not dissimilar to the work in the Beatles' own animated output. A wonderful work of art.
-- CBR Reviewer Matt Little