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From the imagination of best-selling author Douglas Rushkoff, one of the most iconoclastic and acclaimed minds of our era, comes a graphic novel series that exposes the "real" Bible as it was actually written, and reveals how its mythic tales are repeated today. Grad student Jake Stern leads an underground band of renegades that uses any means necessary to combat the frighFrom the imagination of best-selling author Douglas Rushkoff, one of the most iconoclastic and acclaimed minds of our era, comes a graphic novel series that exposes the "real" Bible as it was actually written, and reveals how its mythic tales are repeated today. Grad student Jake Stern leads an underground band of renegades that uses any means necessary to combat the frightening threats to freedom that permeate the world. They employ technology, alchemy, media hacking and mysticism to fight a modern threat that has its roots in ancient stories destined to recur in the modern age....

Title : Testament, Vol. 1: Akedah
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ISBN : 9781401210632
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Number of Pages : 128 Pages
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Testament, Vol. 1: Akedah Reviews

  • J.A.
    2019-05-12 08:05

    AS someone who has studied, at length, Biblical texts (from both Christian and Jewish bias) and Hindu, Egyptian, and other Near East mythologies and scriptures... I thought this thing was a real pick-and-choose hodgepodge of ideas. Many of which were sorely out of context.I do realize this was only the first volume.The story itself is interesting and flows well, I give it 3 stars for great art and storytelling. I just feel, from the onset at least, that while it does a good job of creating a new mythology, it doesn't seem to understand the context of the original source myths. Especially because part of the description on the back reads: "...a saga exposing the "real" Bible-"...Ignoring the cultural and mythological fallacies, the modern parts of the story are interesting and would hold well on their own without any comparison to the Bible at all. (Although, if we are honest, we've all seen this story before.) On the other hand, visually, the comic is tainted by the fact that characters all look too Hollywood. Every girl looks like a pornstar and every guy looks like a soapstar-- even the 'gritty' guys. Perhaps that's really just my personal issue with typical American-style comic art in general. This left very little to the imagination, and I feel like much of the sexual imagery was unnecessary to the plot. Also, too many European-looking men and women in the ancient Near East.Because I have a hard time getting past the cultural and mythological inaccuracies of the story, I don't think I'll be finishing the series. Flares up my OCD. Otherwise, it would be a great story.

  • Matthew
    2019-04-24 11:26

    We are living in biblical times, literally. Your favorite god/dess or demon is editing the text (the living word) as we live out our dual destinies. The present political climate is changing as a new technology is adopted, one that is, truly, frightening (and may ACTUALLY be available.) A must read, with beautiful art accompaniment. do it.

  • Nelson
    2019-05-03 10:16

    I liked this quite a lot. It was a bit confusing at first, but the pieces quickly began to come together very nicely. I especially liked the way the story was told in the past and present, and how it usually did it on two opposing pages or in the same page, which really helped cement the parallels in the stories told. Very clever use of the comic medium. My main problem with the book was the penciler, Liam Sharp. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoy his art for the most part, but his shading is the worst. Sometimes characters look like they have too many wrinkles or little hairs due to the way he shades things. Other than that, it's a very unique comic. It had me constantly looking up biblical names, terms, and stories out of curiosity to see how they match up. It's not at all necessary to do so, but it will further your enjoyment of the story. If you're coming into this from a religious background, you might either get very offended or you might enjoy it immensely. Stay away if you're easily offended.

  • Kathleen
    2019-05-17 08:29

    I had mixed feelings about this book. I am starting to feel like any graphic novel or compilation that has rave reviews written on the cover is in grave danger of falling short of my expectations and therefore seeming worse than it probably is... And it's always hard to know what I might've thought if I'd had *no* preconceptions going in. But that aside...The good things:The first chapter (this volume contains the first 5 issues of the comic) is really good. By that I mean it starts with the story of Abraham sacrificing Isaac, complete with all the emotional turmoil that tale contains, and then it cuts and weaves in *beautifully* with a modern-day equivalent of that episode. (Now the story of Abraham, told by God to sacrifice is son, and then going and dragging his son up to the mountain and tying him down and really aiming to do it... I'm re-reading this familiar tale, with the knowledge that this book will be a modernization of the biblical tales somehow, and I'm thinking "there's no way this situation could take place in modern times: maybe if your family is holding on at the edge of survival in the desert in ancient times, then you can kill any family member you want whenever you want [and you better hope no one stronger and bigger and with more rights in your family than you decides to do so] but there's no WAY that could work in the modern context." But then, as ch. 1 wears on, the author creates this situation where this DOES happen, the equivalent of a father sacrificing his own son, in the modern-day context. I thought that was brilliant. I think the book might be worth reading just because of that.Ok, the reason why I give this only 3 stars and not 4 or 5 is basically two reasons, perhaps 3 but I'll break it down like this: the first reason is stylistic, and the second reason is philosophical. The first reason is the one that kinda has 2 parts. Ok, I'll explain:Complaint 1) The biggest problem I think I've been having is that sometimes I'm left doubtful of the real cohesion between the original Biblical story, and the modern day equivalent-- which I think is significant since the whole book rides on the idea of the Bible stories happening in modern times. There is clearly the modern-day Abraham, the modern-day Isaac and so on. But sometimes I'm left feeling like parts of the story contained in this comic run astray from the original meaning of the Bible equivalent. The modern-day Abraham doesn't seem to be making to sacrifice his son due to any command from God, so the whole significance of the act just seems different to me. This is just the first thing, there's lots of this, esp around the modern-Abraham character, that goes on. ...Albeit, the book does end on the note (SPOILER HERE) that these stories will not be the same the second time around. The characters actually say this pretty literally, so on the other hand I might be prone to re-think that complaint.Complaint 1.5) Also stylistic but more directly about the layout: there are a few pages where the narrative flow is unclear: in one panel three characters will be going through a door, the next panel will show a "Krash" sound and one of the characters seeming to run forward yelling, and then the third panel showing an evil lady in front of huge machines speaking to them. And I'm not sure what just happened. Sorry to be super nit-picky, I'm just paying micro-attention to comics these days since I'm on the road to writing one (and I know that it isn't easy and I'm not trying to say that I'll automatically do any better) That only occurs a few times during the book, most of it is well laid-out, but this problem pops up a few times. [Again, sorry to highlight this kind of issue, I probably am only super-sensitive to it these days in light of my own work.]Complaint 2) Ok, I haven't read the actual Old Testament in full, I have been aware of the giving-ones-daughters-away-to-the-mob story, I've been aware there's plenty of selling of daughters and stoning of wives and children, and I was aware also (even devout Christians have told me this) that God is a real asshole in the Old Testament, slaying whole cities for the crime of, apparently, rampant sexuality. I dunno, maybe this the kind of thing where I need to just read the Old Testament myself one day (a thing I've been kinda thinking I might do at some point) so that I could make my own decisions about it. Essentially, this book is another person's interpretation/retelling of the Bible; I find myself becoming really uncomfortable by the story of Lot... I knew the story in a general sense from before; now in this comic it seems like the city of Gomorrah is just full of ravaging hoardes of sex-crazed sodomites who want to drag every stranger they see into an unwilling orgy (is that the way the Bible has it? Having not read it, I do not know. This is where I start to wonder whether this is the comic's own elaboration, or really Biblical... And yes, the whole setup just strikes me as super-weird and kinda sex-phobic and probably homophobic... That's not even getting into the thing about the daughters) And yes I know that God has said 'thou shalt have no other gods before me' and 'worship no idols,' so I do realize it's probably kinda key to see other religions/gods in a negative light as false etc, but I nonetheless am made kinda uncomfortable by the characterization of the evil goddess who is all-sexual and who the all-sexual (i.e. mega-slutty) Pagan/Goth girl mistakenly worships and gets her powers from. So apparently sex is evil, Paganism is definitely evil, women are probably evil just because... Man, I mean after reading this I felt a little bit like I'd just sat through a particularly oppressive session of church :) . I mean, again, at the very end of the book (again SPOILER) there's a conversation amongst the characters that suggest that maybe this is not necessarily the direction the comic is going to go from here on out. I mean I might be misreading the Pagan/Goth girl, I would actually like to believe I am, and this is just book 1 so there's every possibility that I might be proven wrong / have my impressions turned around further in. I feel like I need to have all these caveats and disclaimers about this complaint, because this is mainly me being bugged and irritated by the story itself: I mean, if I thought this comic was purely the work of the imagination of its author, and not based on any ancient story, I'd be really really irritated by it for its depiction of sexuality/women/other religions/everything... But that's not the way it is. And I know that this is also a delicate issue, as all matters of religion are, and I just mean to say that I don't have a Sunday School background or anything and am coming at these stories kinda new... Oh I'll just conclude it there, you get the picture.I was curious about this book and picked it up, because the cover-reviews were good and also because the concept was intriguing. I was curious to see how the author would handle the task of taking on the Old Testament and what that might look like. I want to end by saying I *do* recommend this book and I do also intend to keep reading on into it. Hopefully I didn't offend anybody :)

  • Nina
    2019-05-05 15:23

    Clever, in the same way that American Gods is clever. Some of the reimaginings were like a sucker punch to the gut (Abraham and the abortive sacrifice of Isaac); others couldn't hold a handle to the originals (Lot and his daughters). Rushkoff has clearly done his homework on ancient Babylonian religions,and the premise is fascinating, but unlike Neil Gaiman he can't quite execute it.

  • Mateusz Horbaczewski
    2019-05-06 07:21

    What made me interested in it? The price (3 PLN, which is less than 1 $) mostly, however, the idea of modern retelling of biblical stories was quite captivating. The graphical part was quite catching as well.Unfortunately, it was quite a disappointment. The author has some basic knowledge of the Old Testament, but the lack of context distorts the stories. Their modern counterparts bear only slight resemblance to the biblical events. Also, there is a lot of forced sexuality. And the author's explanation for it is 'The Bible is full of prostitutes'. Really, mr. Rushkoff? It looks like the author wanted to make the book as controversial as possible, no matter how the plot would suffer from it. Summing all things up, 'Testament' is a good idea wasted by it's author's wrong decisions. If you can find it for as low price as I did, you may check for yourself. Otherwise, I recommend to steer clear from it.

  • Darrell
    2019-05-04 12:25

    Testament contains two parallel story lines. One takes place during Biblical times, while the other takes place in an Orwellian near future. The Biblical gods Moloch, Melchizedek, and Astarte exist outside of time and thus are able to influence both story lines simultaneously. Since what happens in the Bible has a parallel in the future story line, readers familiar with the Bible will be able to guess what happens next, although since Rushkoff's personal interpretation of the Bible (which he explains in an afterword contained in Vol. 2: West of Eden) probably won't match your interpretation, there is still room for surprises. Volume 1: Akedah covers Abraham's attempted sacrifice of Isaac as well as the Sodom and Gomorrah story. As the Bible does contain graphic sex and violence, this is one for mature readers only.

  • K
    2019-05-05 07:29

    Not as dense and incomprehensible as I was afraid it would be, considering the interwoven ancient and near-future storylines, and considering I don't know/care about the original Bible story in much detail at all. I managed to follow it pretty easily.Solid SFF story in the near-future plausible social dystopia, with some Just City-esque flair from meddling gods. The visual device of the gods existing outside the panels was really effective (even if I probably did need it explained to me by the introduction--thank you, introduction!).Maybe this treatment would annoy religious history snobs, but... I liked the reframing of themes into a modern context. (God barring Abraham's child sacrifice --> Sending "kids" to war as cannon fodder is immoral.) Helps that I agree with it, probably.

  • Gphatty
    2019-05-02 07:19

    This is a wild ride. Frequently trippy. Well researched. Masterful use of the comic medium. A little heavy on gratuitous nudity, but I suppose the author can plead historical accuracy.The most interesting theme of this book is that the Bible stories -- regardless of whether or not they ever truly occurred as written -- are presented as a continuous living body. They have happened many times before. And they will continue to happen over and over again. And the author uses the comics medium to visually display the overlapping and complementary nature of his modern day stories with those of their Biblical antecedents. And it's very heady stuff, too. Highly recommended to fans of Alan Moore and The Sandman.

  • Eldan Goldenberg
    2019-04-24 10:11

    Strong start to a very interesting series.I love the parallel ancient and modern storylines, and think he uses the visual separation between gods and humans very well indeed. I also appreciated the interaction between gods not generally believed in by the same sets of people - he has some really ambitious ideas in that respect and pulls them off pretty well.The one thing that marred it was a certain amount of technobabble. Sometimes it would have been better to just leave the technology vague, rather than positing things that not only don't quite make sense, but also demystify the story a little too much.

  • Lisa Lewis
    2019-04-26 15:08

    I picked up a couple of highly rated graphic novels at the library, thinking I could coax my son to read for pleasure. That didn't work, so I decided to read them. I'm not a huge fan of graphic novels or comics in the first place, so that is part of my lack of enthusiasm. The concept of Testament is good - alternating between ancient (Old Testament) times/stories and parallel future stories. It is thought-provoking. But in the end, the stories were too superficial and the illustrations too much female porn star. Won't be looking for the following volumes in this series..

  • Shane
    2019-04-26 12:09

    So this was pretty cool. The art was great. Its style of the present mirroring the past was fun and I really liked Krishna even though he only had a few lines. Naked punk chicks are always good too.It seemed like Rushkoff was trying to make this graphic novel "heavier" than it actually turned out. It wasn't as gritty as it could have been but it was still fun. Looks like this series has 3 more graphic novels. Probably won't be able to find them for $1 like I did this one but I would like to see where the whole thing goes.

  • Paul
    2019-04-26 08:19

    Take a hodgepodge pick of bibble scipture, bring it to a modern-day setting, and, well, you get this.Although using the bibble as inspiration has been done before (to death, one coud say), seeing it in comic-book form puts a nice twist on things.As far as you can see this for what it is, simple entertainment, you should be fine.heh

  • Chris
    2019-04-29 07:24

    A graphic novel series recommended by a friend that mentioned it had components of biblical accuracies that were incorporated into present day circumstances. This book took parts of Genesis and Abraham's stories like Sodom and Gomorrah and twisted it into a society that has the government controlling people using implanted chips. Very visionary even though at times a little far-fetched.

  • Leonardo Etcheto
    2019-04-26 13:29

    I liked it. Microchips in the arm with "National Security" as the excuse. Pretty standard story but the playing out in two time periods at once is pretty neat. As Rushkoff says, if you think the bible is boring, you haven't read it. He visuallises some of the main old testament themes/situations and needless to say it is pretty racy stuff. The archetypes are so archetypical it hurts.

  • Morgan
    2019-05-15 14:07

    Nice idea, weird presentation. Would probably come across better if it wasn't wrapped in promises of "uncovering the reality behind" stories in the Bible, because that makes certain aspects of it completely ludicrous. Also way too male-gaze-y.

  • randall
    2019-05-10 10:24

    The Torah retold in Graphic novel form, more importantly told also told a a modern day CyberPunk retelling as a way of showing how the stories of the Old Testament might be relevant today..

  • Chad Jordahl
    2019-04-28 13:30

    DNF. Boring story, bland characters, clumsy dialog.

  • Patrick
    2019-05-16 14:18

    All righty then.

  • John
    2019-05-08 10:08

    Comic retelling of old testament tales.

  • Anca
    2019-05-15 12:31

    Second time around it's not that impressive. I'm sorry the first trade doesn't have the notes at the end of vol.2. Those pages clarify a lot and make the bible references a lot more meaningful.

  • Mike S
    2019-04-27 10:26

    The good parts are so good and the problematic parts so problematic I have no idea how to rate this. I feel like I want to write a book about it.

  • Christopher
    2019-05-06 15:26

    A healthy dose of action and religion. Entertaining and educational.