The life of reformer Martin Luther in the graphic novel format
Gold Medal Winner, 2018 IPPY Book of the Year Award, Independent Publishers
Gold Medal Winner, 2017 Indies Awards, Foreword Reviews Magazine
Intriguing and informative.” Library Journal, Starred Review
Five hundred years ago a brash young monk single-handedly confronted the most powerful institutions of his day. His bold stand sparked the Protestant Reformation and marked one of the great turning points in history.
Martin Luther, a spiritual and historical giant, is loved and hated to this dayand for good reason. The anniversary of the revolution he helped start has produced a spate of doorstop-sized biographies. Luckily, today there exists a more accessible format that does justice to such a colorful, complex character and his tumultuous life and times – the graphic novel.
In a world of grinding poverty, plague, and religious superstitions, a child of laborers distinguishes himself at university – until a lightning-bolt conversion lands him in a monastery. There his personal battles with disillusionment and doubt culminate in a cry for freedom. The rest is the stuff of history and legend: Luther’s revolt against Rome with the nailing of ninety-five theses to the church door in Wittenberg; his time spent incognito at Wartburg Castle, where he famously throws an inkpot at the devil; his seditious translation and publication of the Bible in the language of the people; his scandalous marriage to former nun Katharina von Bora; and, in later years, his ugly tirades against peasants, Anabaptists, and Jews.
Each chapter of Luther’s life comes vividly to life thanks to cutting-edge graphic techniques, meticulous historical research, and compelling writing. This could be the biggest breakthrough for Martin Luther since the Gutenberg press.
With its splendid color and unvarnished narrative, this is surely the most successful graphic biography ever. Georg Howahl, WAZ
|Publisher:||Plough Publishing House, The|
|Product dimensions:||8.40(w) x 11.90(h) x 0.50(d)|
About the Author
Dacia Palmerino has collaborated with Andrea Grosso Ciponte on six graphic novels since 2014. Formerly a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Foggia, Italy, she researches experimentation in audiovisual and multimedia art, curates film and video exhibits, and reviews emerging artists and musicians. Born in Milan in 1978, Palmerino lives and works in Catanzaro, Italy.
Andrea Grosso Ciponte is a Calabrian painter, graphic novelist, filmmaker, and illustrator. He is a professor of computer graphics and digital animation techniques at the Academy of Fine Arts in Catanzaro, Italy. Ciponte was born in Praia a Mare, Italy, in 1977. In 2011 his work was shown at the Venice Biennale.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Renegade comes in a format that is unfamiliar to me, a graphic biography. When I entered the contest in which I won it, I was not sure what I was getting in to. It is not the gore I was worried about but a biography told in cartoons. I knew a little about Martin Luther, that he nailed his 95 theses to the church door and started the process that became the Protestant Reformation, or Revolt, depending on your perspective. In high school, Augustinian Academy, I learned that he had been an Augustinian monk but that is about as far as I got before opening Renegade. What I found is an entertaining, easy to read introduction to the high points of its subject’s life. The pictures are colorful and easy to understand. The text captures the story line in the accompanying caption balloons. The stage is set in the dark times of the Black Death, the controversy over the purported sale of indulgences and power struggles between Church and crowns. Luther’s tale is told as beginning with a strict disciplinarian mother, a soul searching for God’s will, the lightning bolt that misses him and it continues into the discovery of new understandings of faith. The recognition of his status as a sinner dependent totally on the mercy of God for his salvation is shown as leading to many of his later tenets, such as the translation of the Bible into German, sola scriptura, his challenge to papal authority, and that priests and nuns should marry. His dismay at the politicization of his movement and his antisemitism are included in the saga. One thing I really like about this work is that I do not see it as advancing a particular agenda. From my Catholic (partly formed by Augustinians) viewpoint, I see an unfortunate soul driven by turbulent times into grave error with tragic consequences. I can see how a follower of Luther’s theology would see an enlightened scholar who arrives at truths that had eluded so many others. I recommend this as a first introduction to Martin Luther. After reading this you will have a general understanding of his life. If you choose to read on you can do so with a framework in which to organize the contents of more detailed biographies.
"In Dark Times" The art style is pastel but with details in the art. Here Martin begins his studies. Learning Latin is one of them. "The Lightning Bolt" Martin continues his education. A bolt of lightning hits a tree splitting it and provides some beautifully done illustrations of the tree. Here Martin makes up his mind to become a monk and in 1507 he becomes a priest. "The Monk in Rome" Martin goes to Rome and visits all the holy relics there. The art illustrates these relics as items that your attention will be drawn to. "The Freedom of Faith" Next Luthor becomes his monastery's preacher, he is rising in the church ranks. He starts to get more insight into what it is he is seeking. "Money in the Coffers" This chapter focuses on Indulgences. These are the churches way of collecting money. They are basically worthless pieces of paper and Luthor and he is willing to speak out about it. "Face to Face with the Emperor" Luther is stubborn and risks it all to stick by his beliefs. He does not back down at all. "In Hiding" Luther as he is hidden away finds the passage of time boring. The illustration of the devil here presents the devil as one sexy female. Luther does rewrite the New Testament in German, he did it for the common people. "The Morning Star of Wittenberg" The art is so impressive throughout this book. Little things pop out at you as you will be amazed at the quality you see. Luther takes a big step in his life he marries Katharina a nun. "Their Blood Is on My Hands" Change seems to always have violence with it. People will fight for what they believe in whether it is right or not. Two faith's now exist the Roman Catholic Church and the new Lutheran faith. "A Beggar's Farewell" Luther speaks out against the Jews. The writing brings across how much Luther hates them. As Luther passes he reflects on himself as a beggar with faith. "Epilogue: Augsburg, 1555" Luther Martin won the Protestant faith was recognized as a religion in the Holy Roman Empire. This book provides a faithful rendition of Martin Luther's life trough gorgeous art and wonderfully delivered words.