Sunday, April 27, 2014

Noah

 Image Comics delivers an adaptation of Darren Aronofsky's bizarro Biblical epic that leaves the film in the dust.

 This adaptation differs from the film in several significant ways. The graphic novel itself has no information about it's creation, but several online sources say that the adaptation is taken from the first draft of the film's
script, which makes sense, considering how long it must have taken artist Niko Henrichon to create his 260+ pages of lush, gorgeous artwork.

 Hentichon's work is staggeringly beautiful, and wonderfully detailed. There's an otherworldly feel to his art that absolutely blows away the blasted MAD MAX look that director Aronofsky used in the finished film.

 As in the film, Noah is portrayed as a complete prick, but his character is a bit more fully rounded here. Henrichon's depictions of "The Watchers" (Earthbound Angels-in-exile)  is a lot more believable and palatable than what was seen in the film, too. The giant rock-creatures that Aronofsky depicted in the movie were ugly, fake-looking, and VERY hard to understand. Henrichon's Watchers are far more organically suited to the world that they're trying to immerse the reader in.

 Having seen the film and read the graphic novel, I'd have to say that the graphic novel is, by far, the better of the two. There were some puzzling changes and omissions that happened between the first draft and the finished product, and none of them were for the better. In fact, I'd say skip the ugly, overlong film and pick up this lushly illustrated adaptation instead.

 Image Comics provided a review copy.