Sunday, May 4, 2014

Noah (graphic novel) by Darren Aronofsky - Paul's Review

***I was provided an ecopy of this comic via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review***

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Title: Noah
Author: Darren Aronofsky
Illustrators:  Ari Handel and Niko Henrichon
Year Published: 2014

Synopsis: From acclaimed filmmaker Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, The Wrestler) and artist Niko Henrichon (Pride of Bagdad), Noah is a fresh take on the biblical epic for the 21st Century. 

A fantastical world is about to be destroyed and one man is chosen to start a new one. As wicked forces try to take his Ark, Noah must hold his family together while they watch the annihilation of all they know. 

Intermixing fantasy and sci-fi with Genesis, Noah both reinvents the elements of the Flood story everyone knows and simultaneously takes the reader beyond them and into the unexpected.

Review: 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. 


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