Graphic Novel Reviews: 2048 and Echoes of Eden

2048
2048 by Marvin Olasky
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I liked this futuristic graphic novel about half-human genetically-engineered “bumans”. The story centers around one Christian senator who is struggling to find the truth about bumans, whether they have souls or are just animals, and whether they have the ability to function in society. Then he has to make decisions about how his stand for freedom and mercy will affect his political career.

I loved that it’s not just a story about politics, but there is a personal side as the senator’s family meet and befriend a buman. His marriage is tested as the plot becomes more intense, and he worries for the safety of his family as terrorism and mob violence escalates.
There’s tons of espionage and political intrigue, and I liked that the local church gets involved and shapes the story’s direction as well.

I like the artwork okay, but the colors are very dark. I like that it tells a clear story with every panel. The pacing is good, although sometimes the transitions between scenes are very abrupt.
An enjoyable read, and it really makes you think and face your ideas about what makes us human and what gives us worth.

This is not a graphic novel for young kids, since there are some intense subjects like prostitution, racism, violence, and pornography. These issues are addressed tastefully from a conservative Christian viewpoint, so it would be appropriate for older teens.

Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the thoughts expressed here are my own true opinions and are not influenced by anyone.

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Echoes of Eden
Echoes of Eden by Marvin Olasky
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I didn’t really like the artwork in this graphic novel. It’s very dark, but I suppose it matches the subject material, which is all about drug rings, child slavery, and prostitution. It’s told from a Christian perspective, all about rescuing people from those things, so it has a positive message, but still… it makes for distressing reading.

This story follows a professor who is studying ancient myths about creation and snakes in various religions and he finds a connection between them all to suggest that the story of Eden is actually true. Through the adventures and dangers he faces, he comes to believe that there truly is a God who extends grace to mankind.

I loved all the action and drama going on! The characters have these internal struggles that match the outward struggles of the story, and we see a lot of character development.

The story also gives opportunity for the characters to learn about things like the true nature of undeserved grace, why God allows bad things to happen, and how to be on guard against people who twist truth to their own purposes. The messages are deep and thoughtful, but don’t feel preachy. The spiritual themes flow easily within the story.

Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the thoughts expressed here are my own true opinions and are not influenced by anyone.

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