Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Apocrypha Now

NEW BOOK: Top Shelf exclusive: Apocrypha Now makes the Bible fun (and funny) (Oliver Sava, A.V. Club).
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.