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The Divine Paperback – July 14, 2015
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"The Divine's story is unflinching and raw, and its art is quite possibly the most beautiful of any comic this year." - GQ
"Superb." - Comics & Cola
"Arresting images, a supernatural tale rooted in a real story, and cool gore -- "The Divine" has got it all." - Yann Martel, "Life of Pi"
Arresting images, a supernatural tale rooted in a real story, and cool gore -- The Divine has got it all.--Yann Martel, Life of Pi
About the Author
Boaz Lavie is a writer, filmmaker, and game designer residing in Tel Aviv. He has written screenplays for popular Israeli TV shows, including for the Israeli leading broadcast TV channel. He was the film section editor for a major Israeli website, and has published stories in several literary magazines. "The Lake", a short film he has written and directed, was featured in Academy Award qualifying events such as The San Francisco International Film Festival, Slamdance, Palm Springs Film Festival, and others. It has won critical acclaim and was selected by the film magazine SF360 as one of the best five undiscovered films for 2010.
Asaf Hanuka is a comics artist whose books have been published in The U.S, France, Italy, Spain, Turkey, Israel and Korea. With his twin brother Tomer he created "Bipolar" comics (2000-2005) which garnered nominations for both the Ignatz and Eisner Awards. Asaf was also nominated for Eisner award for his book "Pizzeria Kamikaze" with writer Etgar Keret (2006). His recent book, "The Realist" (2012), is an autobiographical comics about his life in Tel Aviv, has won a Gold Medal from The Society of Illustrators, and was translated into many languages. Asaf has contributed to the art of Oscar-nominated doco-animation film "Waltz with Bashir."
Tomer Hanuka is an illustrator whose work has been featured on book covers, in magazines and in film. He has won multiple gold medals from the Society of Illustrators and the Society of Publication Designers and his work has been showcased in Print magazine and American Illustration. He also contributed art to the Oscar nominated "Waltz with Bashir." With his twin brother Asaf, Tomer created "Bipolar" comics (2000-2005) which garnered nominations for both the Ignatz and Eisner Awards. A collection of his illustrations, titled "Overkill,"was published in 2012. In 2014 he illustrated the Valentine's Day themed cover of The New Yorker magazine.
Their most recent work is the graphic novel The Divine.
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I know it’s Burma because two of the characters are based on infamous Karen child soldiers Johnny and Luther Htoo. The story is told through the perspective of Mark, though, retired military who gets dragged into doing contract work in Quanlom by his buddy Jason.
Knowing the history, and about Burma, doesn’t help. The sort of changes that I’ve come to expect are made. And, while I’m thankful that The Divine is a standalone, it’s too short—and too conventional—to be effective. The combination makes for a story less compelling than the history. Luther and Johnny Htoo (pronounced “too”) were the stars of their stories, not a couple uninteresting westerners. Luther and Johnny are Karen, and the Karen are a Christian people. Luther and Johnny’s mystique reflected that—among their reported powers was an ability to quote the Bible despite never having read it—but that is lost infavor of generic orientalism. The U.S. has never been the villain in Burma, except perhaps by committing sins of omission, but what we get is the usual fever dream where Americans always star as the villains and it’s always about resources.
That’s really too bad. The art, heavy on greens, is emphatic and evocative. It’s striking when used to show Thomas ripping the spines from soldiers or enormous statue warriors or great oriental dragons.
He takes a short-term assignment "consulting" on explosives for the CIA in a little Southeast Asian country called Qualnom.
It's just two weeks. And although there's a war there, he's assured it's "a joke," too minor to matter.
But of course, he's going there to blow something up.
The acquaintance who connected him with the job shows him a tattoo he has on his arm, of a dragon, that he says he really saw the last time he was in Qualnom.
They're nearly done, and waiting on their pickup, when Mark sees a small boy, hurt, and way too close to the thing they're going to blow up, from the helicopter, when they're in the air.
What has been a relatively ordinary, if hot and humid, assignment, suddenly becomes very strange.
The war is apparently the doing of twin boys, one of whom speaks, and the other of whom has magical powers and commands a dragon.
There's nothing terrible about this. The art is okay. The story is okay. The characters are a bit cardboard. It's a decent enough read.
I see no reason for it to be on the Hugo Finalists list.
Not especially recommended, but not recommended against, either.
I received this as part of the 2016 Hugo voters' packet.