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Djinn Jihad: The Books of the New Apocrypha Paperback – September 23, 2014
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Towers weaves a great tale that is both well researched and well written. Djinn not only explores the rich history of Islam and Judaism, and still manages to tell a compelling story with richly drawn characters. As you'd guess by the title, this story was inspired by the events that changed our global reality on 9/11, so it's also important to note that Towers makes a clear distinction between radical religious zealots and the faithful. The former have their insanity exposed, while the latter are treated with respect.
The images are dark, gritty and compelling, drawing you deeper into the story with each turn of the page and the narrative is full of twists and turns that keeps pulling you forward. At times, I found myself torn between the desire to look longer at the artwork to drink in more image details, and the compulsion to turn the page and move deeper into the story.
Many comic book villains are cliché and lack depth, and it would have been very easy to fall victim to that when dealing with an all powerful djinn. Towers, however, manages to give his villain a back-story that makes us understand Saariyah's rage and madness - and might even make you feel a bit of sympathy for his insanity.
Towers characters are ones he's worked with for many years, but you don't have to be a Nonstandard Assembly fanboy or fangirl to participate in this action packed, wild ride. He does a great job of bringing you up to speed and making you fall in love with the characters even if this is your first journey with this misfit group of super friends.
Buy it, read it, and read it again, it's a great story that leaves you satisfied and still wanting more.
Beautiful, violent, clever and oddly lifting. Jon towers re-sets the graphic novel bar in the vein of Miller and Moore. One of the most compelling and smart graphic novels out there, period.