Monday, November 18, 2013

Review of the MESSIAH : ORIGIN Graphic Novel by Matt Dorff and Mark Arey

A new graphic novel from Zondervan seeks to illustrate the life of Jesus while remaining completely faithful to the biblical text. MESSIAH: ORIGIN was illustrated by Kai Carpenter with the exact words of Scripture making up the dialogue and storyline of the book. These words and their flow into a cohesive narrative for the graphic novel were adapted by Mark Arey and Matt Dorff.

This book covers the months leading up to and the thirty years following the birth of Jesus. The story Zachariah, Mary's visit to Elizabeth, the birth of John the Baptist, as well as the early ministry of John the Baptist are all included. I wasn't a big fan of the artwork throughout, but the book is an interesting concept. I enjoy the way the creators of the book seek to make the Bible's story come alive in a visual way.

Though the book doesn't explicitly state it anywhere, I assume the book is the first in a series. If that's the case, I can't wait to see the rest of the Scripture's adaptations into a visual narrative. This book would be a really good way to get people focused on the meaning of Christmas this year.

Review copy provided by Zondervan as a part of BookSneeze

Photo Credit: Zondervan

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