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Noah Hardcover – March 18, 2014
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I've read a lot of retellings of classic stories, but I don't think I've ever read a retelling of a Biblical story. The overall story sticks close to its source material, but many elements are added. One thing added is an environmental perspective. There are also giants and angels. The world is fleshed out into a fantastical almost post-apocalyptic world. The artwork is beautiful.
The characters are also more fleshed out than the source material. It reminded me of the Noah story in Children of Eden. many elements were added to make the story more cinematic.
I have not seen the movie that accompanies this graphic novel. Based on this comic, I'm sure the movie has awesome cinematography. I give this graphic novel a 3/5.
The story actually follows closely the Jewish understanding of Biblical flood, interpreted in Mishna and the apocryphal Book of Enoch which expanded the story of Noah to multiple pages. This Jewish understanding of the flood negates the core tenet of Christianity that Creator will save each and every Christian individually. Instead, the story illustrates a profoundly Jewish morality of justice: getting what men deserve! - Creator is no Savior, there is no blanket absolution of sins, and no salvation for the sinners who repent. (it is important not to have sinned in the first place) There is just judgment and punishment rendered.
There is an aspect to this that could be shocking to modern individualist sensibility: - all men are judged and condemned to extermination on a societal scale: corrupt civilization is understood as inseparable from corrupt individuals, being the cause and the effect at once. This again goes against Christian belief in individual salvation, paradoxically held by EVERY Christian...
The antediluvian world shown in the graphic novel is epic, elemental and archaic, yet also virile and young- with the starry-speckled sky at daytime as if the atmosphere has not yet condensed enough. Notably, this world is the only world: - The Garden of Eden is something that once was and that men destroyed. Like in the Jewish Bible, there is no mention of any afterlife or paradise whatsoever. The fallen angels, called "watchers", are as much a part of this – our - world environment as men. Creator has established the natural order of things, yet he acts through human agency for anything not-natural, like building an ark.
This story offers a powerful message: On one hand, the power over the world and the responsibility for the world cannot be uncoupled, and the responsibility for the world rests as much in the hands of man as it does in the hands of its Creator. Men's mistakes are not easily righted. Through this message of responsibility, the story of Noah ultimately asserts the importance of practicing goodness, daily!
To the open-minded and those who are un-afraid to challenge their notions, this book has much to offer. I enjoyed it, and I hope you will too!
The images are top notch. The writing is decent however there were some jumps in the story that made it confusing to keep the train of thought going.
The biggest trouble for this graphic novel will be the same that the film had. Christians are going to be up in arms about how there were giant rock monsters involved and how Noah wants to wipe out all the girls from humanity.
It's important to talk about the differences and how this story fills in some of the blanks left from the biblical story.
This book is sweeping in its execution and was enjoyable to read. Now all I need to do is watch the film.
This book was provided for review, at no cost, by Image Comics.