Monthly Archives: January 2015

Comicbook Review: Babylon by Art A. Ayris and Mario Ruiz

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Now we come the last graphic novel for our Comicbook January (and I hoping there will be more of this kind to review).” Babylon”  is a biblical and historical fiction of the story of Daniel (check the below the pages for the chapters and verses it came from).For some biblical and historical fiction may raise eyebrows but as you read this graphic novel, Art Ayris is very careful in handling the different element of the story.  Follow his life from the Fall of Jerusalem to his predicament in the lion’s den. See how he is faithful to God in any circumstances he is facing. Not only that but it also highlights God’s faithfulness to Daniel as he serve three kings in his lifetime. God used Daniel to show how merciful He is even to the enemy of His chosen people.

Art Aryis story telling is superb and he made it easy to digest the story. One thing though, he left out the prophetic parts of the Daniel and concentrated to the narrative. Of course, we all know the Book of Daniel is the Revelations of the Old Testament. Nevertheless, the story is engaging.

Mario Ruiz did a good job on the artwork. He made the highlights of the story unforgettable. Some panels contain the usual images that have been used in other format of the story of Daniel but there are a few surprises in store for the readers as well.

“Babylon” is a good read for those who are in the faith and wants to have a visual of the story. Enjoy this comicbook and share it with others to help them appreciate the Book of Daniel.

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Comicbook Review: 101 Questions About the Bible and Christianity by Art Ayris 

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Another ground breaking comicbook from Kingstone Comics, “101 Questions…” sets to visualize questions people ask about the Bible and our Christian faith when there are gazillions of books about it. I can certify you, those books left a space for this graphic novel to fit in.

It is refreshing to see a Kingstone Comics to bring out apologetics comicbook were other companies do not. Art Ayris writes answers to questions that will benefit both believers and unbelievers. From the evidence for the existance of God, answering evolution and many more this graphic novel reminds me of the books like “The Answers Book” or apologetics books by Josh McDowell. Different artist collaborating with the artwork which I think its hard to flesh out art in a book that is not the usual story-telling stuff. But I have to admit they did a swell job doing it here.

“101 Questions….” delivers accessable Christian apologetics in a very unique format. With this kind of book, I’m excited with Vol. 2! Paging CLC Philippines!

Marianito “Nitoy” Gonzales is a 30 something blogger who wears many hats. But his passion is to preach the gospel and make God know to all men. He blogs at Delighting Grace (https://delightinggrace.wordpress.com). You can reach him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr.

Comicbook Review: Eternity by Randy Alcorn

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Excitement took hold of me as I unseal this graphic novel from its plastic prison and began reading it. I love the works of Randy Alcorn both fiction and non-fiction. I’ve also participated at the Facebook party for the launch of this comic. Recalling the launch, Randy told us it’s his first time to have his work in that kind of medium. As participants, we were encouraged to ask questions. I asked many questions but the only time Alcorn answered me is when I ask if the artist (Javier Saltares) is a Christian and in which a he answered yes. I had a great time with that launch

“Eternity” retells the story of Lazarus and the rich man is a unique and refreshing perspective. Randy Alcorn weaves the tale by integrating the story with fictional details and biblical backgrounds then blending it with the story of Jesus. If we consider that the story in Luke 16 a true event and not a parable then, most likely this could had happened. This is an astonishing tale not to be missed. If you’re not into historical fiction I think it will bug you a little, but as the story unfolds, you will get the hang of it. As I read the dialogues especially the ones with Abraham and the rich man, I can’t help but remember some lines from fiction books of Alcorn. In this graphic novel, Alcorn explores topics like the afterlife, heaven and salvation served in the way a non-fiction cannot. Javier Saltares gave his talent to make “Eternity” come alive with artworks that are at par with Marvel and DC comics.

The story of “Etenity” is enjoyable as well as unforgettable. This graphic novel will leave its readers a challenge to follow God. Highly recommended.

Comicbook Review: The Book of God by Ben Avery and Javier Saltares

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Finally Kingstone Comics hits the Philippines shores. These graphic novels are one-shot stories in high quality trade paperback. Content and artwork are great. CLC Philippines is a genius in bringing these Christian comics to the Philippine market.

The first book I read is “The Book of God”. The comic tackles the history of how we got God’s Word. Now the history of the Bible in a comicbook format is very risky thing to publish. Will the reader get bored or confused with the content? Will the artwork suffer considering it cant convey thilling action scenes? Will people tkae this book seriously considering its in a comic format? Despite the stuff you can throw to bog down this comic, all I can say this book is a runaway!

Reading this graphic novel clears all my inquires about the history of the Bible.  Ben Avery is a master storyteller that puts something that can be technical and will consume a thick volume to tackle topic in a comicbook. He brings the scholarly stuff to the hands of an average joe. He didnt withdraw in discussing the Apocypha books, canon and the Bible versions which may leave the readers having information overload or distaste to read more. The artwork is not a visual eye candy but helps also explain certain aspects of the story that words cant.

“The Book of God” connected the important pieces of the history of the Bible in a format that is accessable  and enjoyable. If I had to choose between a book with the same topic discussed in this comic, I would chose this graphic novel. For the new and the seasoned believers you’re in for a ride of your life. Its an oddessey through history filled with information that will equip you and fall in love with God’s Word. I highly recommend this comicbook.

Comicbook January

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Let’s start 2015 with Comicbook January! Delighting Grace will serve exclusive interviews, comicbook trailers and comicbook reviews of Kingstone Comics published by CLC Philippines all this month!!!

CLC Philippines website: http://www.clcphilippines.com/
Kingstone Comics website: http://www.kingstonemedia.com/