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Some New Kind of Slaughter: Or Lost in the Flood (and How We Found Home Again)

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If there is one constant throughout most of Earth's historical nations, cultures, and religions, it is the threat and the destruction of the Great Flood. In the wake of the recent Indian tsunami, Hurricane Katrina, and alarm over global warming, the award-winning creators of The Lone and Level Sands return to plumb the depths of the world's great myths with this graphic novel exploring how this legendary fear may be more relevant now than ever before. Like Noah, sea-bound Ziusudra and other heroes across time ...

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Overview

If there is one constant throughout most of Earth's historical nations, cultures, and religions, it is the threat and the destruction of the Great Flood. In the wake of the recent Indian tsunami, Hurricane Katrina, and alarm over global warming, the award-winning creators of The Lone and Level Sands return to plumb the depths of the world's great myths with this graphic novel exploring how this legendary fear may be more relevant now than ever before. Like Noah, sea-bound Ziusudra and other heroes across time must strive against the coming Floods and the baffling will of the gods.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 10 Up—A collection of intertwined stories reinterpreting flood-related material taken primarily from Babylonian, Old Testament, Chinese, and Native American Memomine sources. The work is divided into four sections: "Warnings," "Preparations," "Deluge," and "Aftermath." Sumerian storyteller Ziusudra, mentioned in Gilgamesh, as well as turtle and snake motifs remain constant threads throughout the narratives. A contemporary story features Dr. Sharon Boatwright, whose professional life as an environmental researcher comes in conflict with her personal life during Hurricane Carla. Originally published as a series of four comics, the title is now reissued in hardcover with a 10.5-inch by 6.75-inch trim size. The change to a landscape format works well with the story line, suggesting the flow of water. Thoughtful panel layout and subtle color changes enhance readers' experience. Teens familiar with these legends can follow the undulating format. For those less familiar with them, it is difficult to follow the continually alternating stories, and there is no explanatory back matter. The authors have taken artistic liberties with several of the tales. For example, readers acquainted with the Da Yu legend, may be surprised at the emphasis on Nuwa, and those familiar with the Biblical account of the great flood may find that this reinterpretation is not consistent with the standard Old Testament versions.—Barbara M. Moon, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY
Publishers Weekly
Powerful and gorgeous, this graphic novel looks at catastrophic floods and the stories we tell about them. In the framing story, the Sumerian king, Ziusudra, guides his people through a massive flood. As the water rises and his wife lies in a coma, he has visions of other floods and flood victims in other lands, such as the biblical Noah a modern ecologist trapped in a Katrina-like hurricane and flood myths from around the world. mpMann's simple, expressive character art and endless swirling waters are a perfect fit for the hallucinatory, dreamlike quality of the story. His work on the Chinese creator goddess Nuwa, guarding her clay children from the flooded world, is particularly beautiful and evocative. Lewis is a Ph.D. student in religious and theological studies, and it shows—for good and for ill. He blends myth with myth and his own work with an intuitive assurance, and from this, the book draws much of its momentum and raw emotional power, but a bibliography at the end explaining where to find more information or even a simple list of the myths' countries and cultures of origin would have been invaluable to the curious reader. (Aug.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932386530
  • Publisher: Archaia
  • Publication date: 8/12/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 1,443,120
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Emerging from the field of comic book academia, writer A. David Lewis presents articles on the comic book medium at scholarly conferences across the country as well as in such publications as The International Journal of Comic Art for which he is a member of the Editorial Board. In 2002, Lewis debuted his own title, the dark suspense anthology Mortal Coils, which went on to be a winner of the 2003 Cinescape Literary Genre Competition. Published through his Caption Box imprint and then ASP, THE LONE AND LEVEL SANDS, Lewis’s 2005 graphic novel with mpMann, won the Howard E. Day Prize and was nominated for three Harvey Awards. His second Archaia title, SOME NEW KIND OF SLAUGHTER, has been hailed by ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY as “a new, modern myth for our environmentally challenged times.” Currently, Lewis is completing his Ph.D. at Boston University while both teaching undergraduates and co-editing the GRAVEN IMAGES: RELIGION IN COMIC BOOKS & GRAPHIC NOVELS essay collection from Continuum International Publishing

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