Noah

Noah

Book - 2014
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From acclaimed filmmaker Darren Aronofsky ( Black Swan , TheWrestler ) and artist Niko Henrichon ( Pride of Baghdad ), Noah is a fresh take on the biblical epic for the 21st Century. A fantastical worldis about to be destroyed and one man is chosen to start a new one. As wickedforces try to take his Ark, Noah must hold his family together while they watchthe annihilation of all they know. Intermixing fantasy and sci-fi with Genesis , Noah both reinvents the elements of the Flood storyeveryone knows and simultaneously takes the reader beyond them and into theunexpected.
Publisher: Berkeley, CA : Image, c2014
ISBN: 9781607068532
Branch Call Number: COMICS NOAH
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : chiefly col. ill. ; 30 cm
Additional Contributors: Handel, Ari
Henrichon, Niko

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dennismmiller
Oct 05, 2018

The graphic novel Noah was developed in parallel with Darren Aronofsky's film, apparently beginning with an early draft of the screenplay and originally published serially in French, with the complete English version published as the movie reached theaters. As such, neither the film nor the graphic novel is really an adaptation of the other, rather, they are divergent visions.

Unfortunately, the graphic novel is inferior in almost every respect. While there is no doubting Niko Henrichon's talent as an artist, in this case his human characters are often difficult to tell apart, while he is also unable to match the epic visuals of the film. Worse, the graphic novel does not equal the film's visual creativity - the animal Noah rescues near the beginning is an unremarkable tapir rather than a strange lizard dog, the Watchers are magniloquent four-armed giants rather than taciturn misshapen rock monsters. When combined with bluntly "relevant" environmental themes, the result is that the graphic novel lacks the apocalyptic weirdness that was the film's greatest virtue.

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coop_zero
Apr 09, 2017

Quick and engaging yet "epic" read. The art is pretty cool and the arc that the family undergoes is well written. I felt that there were some inconsistencies with the Noah character towards the end. At one point he straight up breaks his word and another where he makes a pact to kill someone that to me didn't make any sense. The main theme of the book is sticking to what you think is right despite what the world tells you and i know its the point that Noah is only human and makes errors but man he makes some doosies. That said the world that they inhabit is barren and beautiful with cool creatures. This alone makes it worth the read.

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ausnos
Jul 04, 2016

Beautiful art! Powerful story.

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