Sunday, February 7, 2016

The Lion Comic Book Hero Bible

The Lion Comic Book Hero Bible
author: Jeff Anderson
name: Wayne
average rating: 4.15
book published: 2015
rating: 4
read at: 2016/02/07
date added: 2016/02/07
shelves: children-s, graphic-novels, non-fiction
'The Lion Comic Book Hero Bible' is exactly what it says it is, a comic book version of the Bible focusing on the characters. They take a unique approach by renaming the people in the Bible (Elijah becomes Rain Man, Peter becomes Rock) in an attempt to make it feel more like modern comic books. At first, I found it weird, but I went with it and didn't mind it.

The book is divided into 2 distinct art styles. Artist Siku does the Old Testament and Jeff Anderson does the New Testament. I actually preferred the art in the Old Testament more. The character drawings are more interesting and the frames have interesting composition. Cloaks billow and the characters move more like superheroes might. I'd be really interested to see what Siku's take on the New Testament would look like.

The Bible is the story of how God is able to work with common people, so elevating them to supposed superhero status is a bit dangerous. This plays more into the Old Testament than the New. The book covers a lot of ground in it's pages, and I think it does a fairly good job of it. Much of the dialogue is directly from the Bible, and there is an appendix citing all the Biblical references. It's a bit on the intense side so, it may not be as younger reader friendly. Also, having the characters referred to by their special names is a bit tricky, but not too hard to follow.

I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Lion Books and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.

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