The Manga Bible: From Genesis to Revelation

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The creation of the earth

The rise and fall of God’s chosen people

The mysterious stranger who brought about a new world order

And the ultimate showdown between the forces of good and evil

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Overview

The creation of the earth

The rise and fall of God’s chosen people

The mysterious stranger who brought about a new world order

And the ultimate showdown between the forces of good and evil

This is the greatest story ever told . . . as you’ve never seen it before.

Containing both Old and New Testaments, this is the first ever English manga of the most important book of all time.

Extras
Key scenes commentary
Sketches gallery

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

One wouldn't imagine that Siku, onetime artist for postmodern bloodfest Judge Dredd, would be the ideal choice for a manga-style graphic novel adaptation of the Bible, but not many pages have passed before it becomes clear that the Bible is, in fact, the perfect material for him. This audacious little book doesn't make much effort to be authoritative and include every last Old Testament begatting or bloody massacre. Instead Siku presents jazzy and irreverent riffs on the good book, leaping brazenly over whole reams of material and scattering behind numerous "Want to Know More" tags directing readers to more explanatory chapter and verse. The action is breezy and flip, drawn in a sharp and Anglicized manga style. The dialogue is not just laced with humorously incongruous Britishisms ("My maths has never been very good!") but with slangy passages worthy of the CW Network (Cain to Abel, "Whassup, bro?"). Although the book (already a hit in the U.K.) is being released via Doubleday's Galilee imprint and is clearly targeted at youthful believers, it makes little attempt to sanitize the grottier aspects of the source material, as witnessed in the scene where a crowd of Sodom's citizens bellow, "Bring out those men so that we can rape them!" (Jan.)

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School Library Journal

Gr 10 Up -British cartoonist and theology student Siku, perhaps best known for his work on Judge Dredd , offers a concise, well-staged, and fulsome take on the Bible. Because of the character-driven nature of his art, the accounts tend toward the best story pieces, with lots of Genesis included (Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, Abraham and Sarah, and more), as well as stories from other Old Testament books such as Joshua and Ruth, through which readers can become acquainted with the individuals. The New Testament collapses many books into a couple of sections but includes several of Jesusa's parables and ends with a surprise twist on the Book of Revelation. While costuming tends toward a kind of storied "old Middle East" (and womena's forms are visible but always clothed), an occasional story line will have some updated visual metaphor attached to it: a mid-20th-century "crime boss" or a nuclear warhead, for instance. Each story includes a marginal tab directing readers to the book, chapter, and verse where a more traditional account can be found in the Bible. Accessible, respectful, and creative, this is an excellent resource both for manga-loving teens who are familiar with The Book and for teens who have no familiarity with the traditional text and are looking for an engaging overview.-Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley Public Library, CA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385524315
  • Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/15/2008
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 378,926
  • Product dimensions: 5.13 (w) x 7.75 (h) x 0.74 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2012

    Highly recommended

    A seamless, easily understood reading of the bible and graphic illustrations flawlessly complement, as stories and/or dialogue unfold. Ample opportunity for more indepth 'bible study' via the 'want to know more' references specifying the book of the bible and chapter(s) to find out/study more. Executed entirely in black and white which works for me personally, because you focus more on the narrative and meaning sans the distractions of 4-colour imagery.

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