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This dramatically colored and concrete visual presentation of the final book of the canonical New Testament is accompanied by text that has been translated from the original Greek. Little interpretation is offered; the images illustrate the visual descriptions the colorful text itself is famous for offering. Pages have a black background, usually with three to five panels that are highlighted in red, yellow, or dramatic shading. The garb appears to be dated from the first century, as do any living accoutrements like pottery, bricked passageways, and so on. More than a graphic novel that integrates words and pictures in a narrative sequence, this is nearly an illustrated text that presents a straightforward representation of what the words indicate in discrete images. Still, the full traumatic and ecstatic content of the original text is highlighted by the striking, colorful imagery. For collections where there’s interest in both graphic texts and religious interpretation. --Francisca Goldsmith

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"Visual tour de force...vivid depiction that strikes the perfect, tasteful tone...a page turner...spectacular art."
-Publishers Weekly (11-26-12)

"No adaptation that I know has captured the scope, the terror, or the glory of the Apocalypse more completely than "The Book of Revelation," a graphic novel adapted by Matt Dorff and illustrated by Chris Koelle."
-Breakpoint.org

"To Bible fans I say read it for the beautiful translation of Scripture and stay for the stunning art. To graphic novel fans I say open it for mind blowing visuals and let the poetry sweep you away."
-Therefore I Geek


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"...the illustrations are extremely detailed, intense and at times very brave. It's refreshing to see an artist depict the devil and the darker elements of Revelation in their full horrific and grotesque nature...a fair few of the pieces of art are not for the faint-hearted...Chris Koelle is an exceptional artist and as Christian comic books go, this is a bold step forward in the right direction. When reading this, you actually forget that you know this story and that it is scripture."
-Youthwork Magazine (U.K.)


"The translators have attained here a readability that invites comparison with literary levels of the finest literature.  At the same time, they have employed contemporary idioms so that the text bears a fresh and, at times, stunning 'newness.' The Book of Revelation is exciting again."
-Randall Balmer (from his Preface for the text translation edition of "Apocalypse: The Book of Revelation")


"The only less-than-literal license taken by the creative team is the frequent view of John reacting to what he must witness, both its glory and its horror. As the closest thing readers have to a relatable common man, even one as extraordinary as the biblical revelator, John provides a vital touchstone for a visceral experience of Revelation's prophecy. What the adaptation sacrifices in interpretive nuance or comic book purity, it makes up for in raw impact. For the first time in centuries, audiences can feel the awesomeness of John's vision of a world to end and one to come."
-A. David Lewis


"Dorff and Koelle have produced one of the first solid Bible-based graphic novels that can stand on its own two feet and command the respect of fans of the medium. What's always been a visual story has finally been done right."
-The Phantom Tollbooth
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (October 29, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310421403
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310421405
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,984 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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46 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Kevin M. Derby VINE VOICE on October 22, 2012
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With the books growing increasingly popular, classic literature and religious works are now being adopted into graphic novels. This can lead to some unorthodox takes--look at the legendary Crumb's take on the Book of Genesis for example--but also some graphic novels that are more traditional in their viewpoints. "The Book of Revelation" adapted by Matt Dorf from a translation from Orthodox priests Father Mark Arey and Father Philemon Sevastiades is one such graphic novel.

With solid and often memorable art from Chris Koelle, Dorf tries to show Revelations, easily one of the most enigmatic books of the Bible, from the vantage point of St. John. This works surprisingly well. Granted Revelations has many memorable images which is one of the reasons why artists have turned to it repeatedly throughout the centuries. Koelle`s art, while often dark, presents a compelling take on St. John's visions. The use of color, while rare in this book, is dramatic and even inspiring.

The book includes all of the biblical text though some readers may not enjoy the graphic novel. This is not a book for children. While it ranks as one of the more engaging and fascinating books in the Bible, there are some nightmarish images and visions in "Revelation"--and the graphic novel does not skirt around that basic fact. I honestly can't recommend this book to younger readers or those who are upset by disturbing images. Still, many readers--including this one who has a harder time with Revelations than most of the other books in the Bible--will find the graphic novel will help them better understand this enigmatic text. Highly recommended.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Sam Fett VINE VOICE on October 25, 2012
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The book of Revelation has been examined and interpreted multiple times. Many theories exist on how Christ will come to reclaim what is his. This is a very detailed artistic interpretation that does not try to take away from the scripture. The back of the graphic novel states, "this version comes with all 404 verses of this amazing book." The panels are filled with scripture and then interpreted in artistic detail. In the adapters notes I think he says it best about what he tries to capture with this collection of art, " I tried to put myself behind John's eyes and describe in words what he was seeing and hearing." The Illustrator was then left to take his notes and try and capture the scripture and what they think John would of been emotionally feeling at the time. For the most part they capture John's emotions in each panel but the best part for me was seeing the rest of revelation depicted in each panel. The beast, angels, and events are all depicted in vivid detail based off of the descriptions of the bible. The cover itself is a great example of how the inside pages look but within each panel there is scripture that each drawing has been based off of. There are chapter breaks to let you know where each chapter starts and ends so if you are doing a study of Revelation you can read the scripture then go to the graphic novel and see an artistic representation of those scriptures. I would like to know which translation this novel came out of. I was using a NIV version and was able to follow the scripture written down. I also would of loved to see more full page art depicted in this graphic novel. I understand that would of been a huge undertaking and could of made this collection colossal not to mention more pricey.Read more ›
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By C. Stephans VINE VOICE on November 1, 2012
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This graphic version of the book of Revelation brings a new light to the apocalypse of John. The illustrations reveal the intensity and the extraordinary elements of John's vision. The text is an adaptation of a faithful interpretation from the Greek text and is a verse by verse translation. I have read Revelation many times, and I have been captivated and intrigued by this version. I have been reading through it like it is a thrilling novel. The way the text is drawn out requires readers to pause and meditate on each verse rather than speeding through the book.

The illustrations are well done. They are imaginative and creative. Some of the figures in drawing reveal the other-worldliness of what the Book of Revelation describes.

This book can be an effective tool to draw readers into the Scripture and show the liveliness of God's Word. I think the graphic nature just adds one more dimension to reading the Book of Revelation.

I am on my third reading of this book, as I have made it part of my daily readings. It has truly enhanced my reading of Revelation.

For those interested in listening to an excellent teaching of Revelation, I recommend the Asbury Seminary class NT666 taught by Dr. Robert Mulholland found on iTunes and available at no charge in video and audio.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By John Jorgensen VINE VOICE on November 6, 2012
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Scripture adapted to the graphic novel format is an idea which
intrigued me as soon as I learned of it. In this my introduction to
it, I can certainly see the potential of the medium to make some of
the more vivid passages come alive in the reader's imagination. Here
in Revelation, that means black-bordered pages, spooky close-ups of
garish illustrations, and the monochrome animation. This is
definitely no way to introduce children to Revelation; to the extent
that they understood what they were sering, it would be the stuff of
nightmares.

Beyond the emotionally, ah, emphatic artistic choices, the text is
solid and gets the message across. It comes from no particular
established translation of the Bible, but was translated directly from
the Greek by two Orthodox priests. Their translation maintains a sense
of sacred language without losing accessibility, so I can salute them
on that aspect.

I've never really cared for Revelation and might have preferred being
introduced to Scriptural graphic novels through other books. However,
this book has impressed me with the medium's compatibility with Bible
stories generally, and I'll be looking for opportunities to read other
examples of this style. Recommended.
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