The Bible is big in comics this season, and just a month after Drawn & Quarterly released Chester Brown’s Mary Wept Over The Feet Of Jesus, Top Shelf is publishing Apocrypha Now, the follow-up to Mark Russell and Shannon Wheeler’s 2013 book God Is Disappointed In You. Pairing Russell’s irreverent prose interpretations of Biblical legend with Wheeler’s droll single-panel cartoons, Apocrypha Now offers a comedic take on stories left out of the canonical Bible, including the Midrash, the Apocrypha, and the Gnostic Gospels. It’s a jam-packed read that turns these ancient texts into engaging, accessible narratives, with a strong sense of humor that draws the reader into these tales.An excerpt of the Cain and Abel story is included. It is funny, in macabre way. There seems to be a lot of Midrash, but also cross-file under New Testament Apocrypha Watch (excerpt here) and Old Testament Apocrypha Watch.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
NEW BOOK: Top Shelf exclusive: Apocrypha Now makes the Bible fun (and funny) (Oliver Sava, A.V. Club).