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I dedicate this blog to comics in all forms, manga, autobio, superhero, art books, etc.  And of course, since I need a challenge, I've decided that I'll read and write (short) reviews for 365 comics during 2015.

War and Magic

The Divine - Boaz Lavie, Asaf Hanuka, Tomer Hanuka

What would war be like if there really were supernatural beings set to protect their believers?  This graphic novel actually started it's life in truth.  The author saw a picture of Johnny and Luther Htoo, twins who were believed for a time, to have magical powers and traveled with God's Army, fighting against the Burmese army after that army displaced them from their home.

 

The Divine takes the idea of child soldiers and magical powers and sets it to a story about a man, stuck in a dividing line between protecting his own interests (earning money to bring home to his young family) and protecting the rights of children.

 

When Mark accepts a lucrative, but less than legal, job blasting open a mountain in Quanlom he doesn't understand the war zone he's about to enter.  Will he ally himself with Jason, the ex-military friend who shoots first and answers questions never, or will he align himself with the child soldiers and ancient forces of Quanlom?

 

It's a beautiful and dark world, the art is amazing and the story will definitely raise a lot of questions.  I've been reading a lot of graphic novels lately that would be great as discussion material for book clubs, this one I would even do for a teen club.  Sure, it is violent and terrible, but there are no terribly graphic scenes and the topic it explores is one that I think could be better represented in schools etc.

 

Overall a troubling story that leaves a sense of unease (a sense that should be felt more often).