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Testament : Akedah


  05:46:23 pm, by Nimble   , 198 words  
Categories: Books, Fiction, Religion

Testament : Akedah

Link: http://www.dccomics.com/graphic_novels/?gn=5387

DC's Vertigo line is a pretty reliable source of intriguing, dark, mythology-based graphic novels. Douglas Rushkoff and Liam Sharp's Testament is no exception.

The approach is intriguing. The landscape is a 'twenty minutes into the future' type take, the world we know now tipped significantly more into authoritarianism for the sake of safety, taking concepts like RFID to almost ridiculous extremes. The timeline slips back and forth between ancient times and modern times, but the Biblical stories, such as they are, are not taken to be the source of authority for authorities and preachers, but rather from the point of view of the modern-day "Hebrew slaves".

The deities of the time, Jehovah, Moloch, Astarte, are shown outside the frames, occasionally with the mortal world shown as cubes. Old Testament stories and predicaments of the more modern setting of the graphic novel are set side-by-side in an intriguing manner. Like the story of Isaac and the story of Sodom and Gomorrah.

Vertigo has the first chapter online free for viewing.

It's an interesting series so far; I'm looking forward to the next trade paperback to arrive. It looks like it is going to be part Biblical allegory, part... cyberpunk?

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