January 23, 2011
Sunday Comics: Armorquest Genesis
This graphic novel is one of the best I’ve ever read. Firmly in the Lewis/Tolkien tradition, it posits an odd world full of anachronisms–like armored knights using swords and wearing jet boots. Though no individual panel is especially beautiful, the artist’s overall storytelling skills–how he moves the reader from one moment to another–are as good as any I’ve seen in the industry. Even the placement of the lettering is superb, truly adding to the overall reading experience.
The Christian messages and ethical dilemmas are potent enough that when I read this story aloud to my children (as I have twice or three times already over the last few years), we invariably stop several times to discuss their reactions and any questions that have popped up. I recommend Armorquest Genesis as one of the best Christian GNs available today, and I give it my highest possible recommendation for kids or adults alike. Some copies are available used on Amazon.
Here’s a preview:
For those so inclined, there’s an additional eight-page online prequel issue here.
Buy it, read it, share it with your kids. You’ll be glad you did.
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