• Title: Jew Gangster
  • Author: Joe Kubert
  • ISBN: 9781596878273
  • Page: 360
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Jew Gangster With his father s words Don t be a Jew gangster still ringing in his head a young man finds himself doing just that It s not a pretty life but he can eat well and his mother s apartment continues
    With his father s words, Don t be a Jew gangster, still ringing in his head, a young man finds himself doing just that It s not a pretty life, but he can eat well, and his mother s apartment continues to get heat all through the cold winter But what he has to pay in flesh, in pride, in honour may not be worth all he earns.

    One Reply to “Jew Gangster”

    1. This was wonderful, most reviews of this don't get it. The line work, composition and the evocative and moody inks bring a realism to the story that you don't get in most crime/bio comics. Everyone knows Italian and Irish mobsters but how many know of the Jewish ones? It's JOE KUBERT people and one of his last works. Joe did more in these slim pages than most do in any of today's 6 issue writing for the trade crap out there. I couldn't disagree more with most of the other reviews. It doesn't get [...]

    2. Joe Kubert wrote and illustrated Sgt. Rock for more than three decades. He also did other action comics, and is one of the greats of comics history. Later in his life he started to do more work a la Will Eisner, about Jews, about hardships they faced, with period appropriate realism, evoking in every way the time of the story. This is true of Yossel, about the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, and true of this period crime story, set in the depression. We know about the Mafia, and the Irish mob, but less [...]

    3. Closer to a 2.5This book is a very quick read about Jewish gangsters in the depression era. About what some people had to do to survive. Interesting, but simple. Not cohesive story, just a number of events, over the span of a few years.

    4. I would compare this book to eating a tasteless, poorly prepared bowl of oatmeal and finding a filth-encrusted foreign coin at the bottom.

    5. Most of what people refer to as Graphic Novels really aren't; they're Trade Paperbacks. They're collections of previously published comic books which are goddamn handy for people who want a whole story, all at once, without waiting four to eight months for it, and they are - in the long run - cheaper. The biggest difference in these and what Papa Eisner gave us is that TPBs are simply collections of whatever editors or companies decide belong together or is marketable, while a true GN should be [...]

    6. While the story isn't the newest one, it has a really nice classic feel that reminded me of Public Enemy. Much like Public Enemy is a story told through major occurrences, and is without a always clear story arc as it follows the rise (or moral fall) of the rebellious Jewish boy Ruby who defies his father and becomes a criminal learning from the local thug Monk. While not original, the story does have a interesting cinematic quality to it and most importantly has outstanding art. Joe Kubert is d [...]

    7. It's a rough story, but respect must be paid to Kubert for his time in service. This is a tight little saga, retelling a familiar story: to escape the poverty of his immigrant parents, a young man without vision or morality turns to a life of crime. It's very hard to be sympathetic with this character, as he short-sightedly glamorizes the lowlifes of society. Between his lack of judgment, absence of loyalty and worship of materialistic gain, the anti-hero of this story isn't someone to be loved [...]

    8. You know what? I thought this book was just fine. The story was straightforward if not terribly engrossing ok maybe it was a little bit. I really liked the old comic book style of illustration! Sexy mobster ladies! Dick Tracyesque hitmen! Slightly cariactured but still pathos-filled old Jewish dudes! Man! There wasn't much to this beyond that but there didn't particularly need to be. I enjoyed it, and that seemed it's intention. Thanks J.K.

    9. Even though the book was published in 2005, this slim graphic novel feels like a relic, the comics equivalent of an old Warner Bros. film noir B movie, with all of the earnestness and heavy-handed morality of that era. That's not necessarily a bad thing. The dialog is sharp and the chins are square. There's just not much to take away from this story that a fan of noir and crime stories hasn't seen a hundred times before, aside from the fact that the gangsters are Jewish.

    10. Gritty crime GN by one of the undisputed masters of comics - Joe Kubert. Met him at a comic convention years ago; one of the nicest "comic legends" I have ever met. He passed away in 2012 - but left behind a rich legacy.

    11. I'm always all for a little gangster story. It's your typical father wants better for his kids but his son ends up running with a bad crowd. But it's still a good little short read. Makes you wonder what more could come of the story and the aftermath.

    12. A solid story of a young Jewish kid growing up in 1930s NYC. It wasn't anything i hadn't read before, but it made me want to read more Kubert.

    13. Joe Kubert brings us a tale of the seedy underworld of Depression-era through World War II era New York City, where Mafias, Italian, Irish and Jewish, rose to prominence. Our lens in to this World is our protagonist, albeit an antihero, by the name of Reuben "Ruby" Kaplan; a troubled young teen whom hits a metaphorical fork in the road of his Life, does he keep on the straight-and-narrow? Or does he take the darker path of joining the Jewish Mafia? In this sense, the Book feels like a coming of [...]

    14. I enjoyed this enough to give it four stars, but that's from rounding up. This was Joe Kubert doing a Will Eisner-style story, and his artwork was better and more convincing than the writing.The main character starts off the story as a Jewish teenager in a big city during the Depression, and the story revolves around his rise through the levels of criminal endeavor. Kubert was an outstanding artist, and this book has some nice work, but once in a while a side character becomes cartoony, which se [...]

    15. A kid desperate to make money the easy way, chooses a life of crime.The constant 4-panel per page layout felt comfortable and I loved how the lettering wasn't congested as this type of story tends to be. With a cool twist at the end, Jew Gangster wasn't that bad.

    16. Joe Kubert is a master. The poignant story seems true to life. Mr. Kubert packed much of his upbringing and culture into play.

    17. The artwork/panels left something to be desired, but overall, the story-line kept my interest. The author did an admirable job of depicting The Depression,and the truly 'average' mindset of young men growing up on the streets of New York. Accurate portrayal of Jewish values, and the subsequent rejection of those values. Essentially, this was/is A Bronx Tale Jewish graphic novel style.

    18. I liked everything about this except the 2-3 last pages, which I didn't find a satisfying end to the story. Also, the drawings weren't quite as good as I expected from the other book I read by Kubert. As most Stories from the depression era, I found it heartbreaking at times; the dying father especially.

    19. Graphic novel set during the great depression about a Jewish teenager who thinks that the only way that he'll be able to get ahead in life is by becoming a gangster. Unfortunately this causes some serious problems for both him and his family.It's not bad but I was expecting something more after reading other reviews.

    20. I picked this book up because of the title. "Jew Gangster" struck me as funny for some reason. Of course, I realized, as soon as I read the summary on the inside jacket that I was not in for a comedy. It's a rather intense book about what happens when you find the only options left to you turn you away from everything you've been taught.

    21. I give it four stars for art and 2 stars for story-line. The drawings have a lovely retro feel, simple and elegant. Sadly, the characters are one-dimensional and the narrative is simplistic and predictable.

    22. Being one of the elder statesmen among comic book creators, Kubert is the rare one amongst his peers in that he still produces great work. Jew Gangster proves that he’s still at the top of his game, as it’s worthy of the Vertigo Crime imprint.

    23. This book is somewhat Eisner-esque, which is fitting because Kubert is a contemporary of Eisner. It's a nice portrait of Depression-era New York, but I found myself missing both Eisner's stronger sense of satire and more unique visual style.

    24. Lotta tra bande e criminalità nell'america di inizio secolo. Storia interessante che sembra lasciare spazio per un seguito e tratto piacevole.

    25. Short, interesting, cool art style (very Comic Book Like). Not super drawn to the characters though.

    26. Kubert's a'ight by me. This felt a bit antiquated, and there really wasn't much of an emotional pull to the story. But it's a fine enough story.

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