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Noah

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3.54  ·  Rating details ·  732 ratings  ·  122 reviews
From acclaimed filmmaker Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, The Wrestler) and artist Niko Henrichon (Pride of Bagdad), Noah is a fresh take on the biblical epic for the 21st Century.

A fantastical world is about to be destroyed and one man is chosen to start a new one. As wicked forces try to take his Ark, Noah must hold his family together while they watch the annihilation of
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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published March 19th 2014 by Image Comics (first published September 7th 2011)
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Bookwraiths
Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths Reviews

I honestly believe one of the most courageous and difficult things for an artist to do is to re-invent a famous story that most people are familiar with. When it works, an artist is given a triumph and a wreath of Delphic laurel is placed upon his/her brow by the adoring mob. When the artist royally screws up, the mob will throw garbage and curse his/her name. Perhaps that sounds unfair, yet it is still very much true and just comes with the territory
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Sam Quixote
Sep 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
Im gonna try to keep my Christianity bashing to a minimum in this review even though its crazier than Donald Trumps hair ESPECIALLY the Old Testament!

So its ye olden days and 950 year old warrior vet Noah (who looks to be in his 40s) has visions of a global flood. He decides to build a giant floating box for his family and two of every animal IN THE WORLD to wait out the coming storm - but not the other humans because they eat meat and are jerks! You know what happens, we were all five once and
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awwsalah
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
the illustration is fantastic but the story make no fucking sense. i think this dude read retarded version of Noah story.
Jesse A
Nov 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Good story with really good art. I enjoyed the movie this is based on so it had a hand up with me. 3.5 stars.
Wendy
Mar 24, 2014 rated it it was ok
This is a graphic novel adaptation of the recent film, which stars Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly and Emma Watson. (Side note: the book has a distinctly indigenous peoples look and feel to it, which is not the vibe I got in watching the previews and considering the cast. But I digress.)

Based on the biblical tale of Noah and his vision from the Creator of the worlds destruction by water, Noah, after some struggles with the depraved locals, builds an ark to survive the pending storm, with the
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Joseph Finley
Mar 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Im focusing this review on the graphic novel without any comparisons to the biblical tale of Noah or the upcoming film. The illustrations are gorgeous, and I view this as a piece of art that Ill proudly display with my finest hardcover novels. Also, Im very pleased with the way the story acknowledges one of the most curious verses in the Bible (Genesis 6:1-4) and borrows from the apocryphal Book of Enoch, creating an intriguing mythology for the novel. The graphic novel tells a compelling story, ...more
Sooraya Evans
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am awarding 4 stars for the artwork alone. Breathtakingly gorgeous!
Noah's appearance in the first half of the book reminds me a lot of Ma Wing Shing's manhua character designs. With his long hair and cape flapping sideways in the wind :)
Story-wise, I didn't quite enjoy this fresh take on a widely known epic.
Ije the Devourer of Books
Mar 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
No matter what one believes about the bible, as a series of books it overflows with rich, exciting and exhilarating stories. Within its pages love, life, death, passion, intrigue, triumph, and failure are all to be found. These stories are retold again and again, not just from pulpits but in film, art and drama. The stories in the bible are retold by those with faith and without faith, for those who have faith and who do not have faith. Whether studied for religious purposes or not the stories ...more
Andrew
May 14, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: comics, a
The story is boring, the characters are dull, and the re-telling is uninspired. There simply is no point for this to exist.
Nicola Mansfield
Apr 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is based on the movie (which I have not seen) and uses the Biblical story of Noah and the Flood as its inspiration. A great deal of licence has been taken with the Biblical history but then I had been prepared for that and had taken the attitude that this would be a fantasy retelling. So ultimately I wasn't bothered with it not being accurate and I'm not even going to go into comparing it with the Bible. I really enjoyed the tale presented here and found the art absolutely gorgeous. Noah ...more
Ander Luque
Apr 03, 2014 rated it really liked it

Last Friday, April 4, marked the theatrical release of a story of
bad omens, apocalyptic visions, floating corpses, and water, water, water

Terrible dreams of death and destruction inhabit the mind of our protagonist. This is the story of NOAH, by Darren Aronofsky & Ari Handel.
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Before we begin, I would like to point out that, despite being an atheist myself, neither will I get into religious issues here nor judge anyones beliefs. However, I will refer to this
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Taylor
Jul 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people who like Moebius, religious folks who like fresh but Reverent approaches to Bible stories
Shelves: bible-history
OKAY so in my zest to read all the Biblical fiction I can get my hands on I came across this NOAH graphic novel and I am just... in awe?? Okay first of all in my house I have about 4 "Noah's Ark" picture books in my house and as a Christian raised in Sunday School, Bible Study, etc. the story was obviously already very familiar to me. This book just blew me away in its interpretation of the classic Biblical story which has a very unique feel the desolate desert landscapes and metal city (ruled ...more
Juho Pohjalainen
Jun 17, 2019 rated it liked it
I'm no believer, but religions of man have given us plenty of great stories. This isn't one of the best-told, maybe, but it's far from the worst as well.

The art is great, for one, and creates a pretty imaginitive and scary world for us to see. There's a lot of scifi shit in the background that I can appreciate, and the state of the world is suitably bleak to raise the stakes. The main characters are pretty bland, at first, but I feel they picked up a fair bit of personality and good conflict
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Casey Taylor
Dec 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, graphic-novels
Surprisingly good.
Wayne McCoy
Mar 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
'Noah' by Darran Aronofsky is the graphic novel adaptation of his retelling of the biblical story. Retelling is definitely safe because short of a few character names and events, the rest has been completely retold including a 'final solution' from Noah as to what should happen to save the earth.

Noah is a good man, bent on saving the world and it's ecology from men. When he sees a herd of beasts being slaughtered for their horns and left to rot, he mourns. He attempts to confront the men and is
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MT
May 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
Aronofsky's last comics effort, The Fountain fell flat (didn't think much of the movie either, come to think of it) and this one wasn't much better. Haven't seen the film, but I suspect this one will work better on screen.

The writing is easy and obvious. The biggest problem is that there's very little actual character development--particularly of Noah himself. The whole thing feels more like a series of vignettes than an actual cohesive narrative: see Noah be sad about the state of mankind
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Jeannie Walker
Mar 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is not your typical novel. The graphics are outstanding. It is a great way to get children or even us adults interested in what happened before our time and in particular reading the Bible - the greatest book of all time.

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Joe Young
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Darren Aronofsky & Ari Handel - writers
Niko Henrichon - artist

The graphic novel version of Aronofsky's take on the biblical story of Noah.



In a wicked world bereft of new life, men squander the gifts of God in petty, greed-fueled violence. The last pious man on Earth, Noah descendant of Methuselah, is shown visions of a coming flood. He pleads with the tribe of men to respect the Earth and honor God, but he is rejected. So, with the help of his family and the fallen host of God remaining on
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Gavin
Jul 22, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
Well....no.

This was odd, and I don't think it was the graphic novel adaptation of the NOAH movie with Russell Crowe...
probably because RC wouldn't sign on to be such a shitheel. Noah starts off as the great warrior poet with soul of gold, but by the end is possibly the worst human ever. Shows all the worst elements of being a religious person claiming to be led by God's words/visions.

If THAT was Aronofsky's message, then OK I get it. However, if it was more literal, that Man is the cause of all
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Ian Shaughnessy
Mar 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
NOAH is a dark and grisly violent tale about a deeply disturbed man and the extreme lengths that he will go to achieve his Creator's demands. Be warned: this graphic novel and it's accompanying film is not the nursery story of Noah and his ark that so many are used to. Aronofsky's story shows us a terrible and ruthless God lording over an even more viscous world that he has decided must end and start over. To meet that end goal, he has chosen Noah and his family to help usher in this new world ...more
Stewart Tame
Nov 16, 2014 rated it liked it
This is an interesting book, but perhaps a little too stiff and serious for me to like unreservedly. This is a grim and gritty take on the Noah story, sort of Noah: The Dark Patriarch Returns. It feels like something out of the early days of Heavy Metal magazine. The men all need a shave, unless they're supposed to be young. The bad guys have facial tattoos and appear not to have bathed recently. There are women in the story, but they don't really do much besides give birth or act as a love ...more
Paul Decker
Apr 24, 2014 rated it liked it
***I was provided an ecopy of this comic via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review***

I've read a lot of retellings of classic stories, but I don't think I've ever read a retelling of a Biblical story. The overall story sticks close to its source material, but many elements are added. One thing added is an environmental perspective. There are also giants and angels. The world is fleshed out into a fantastical almost post-apocalyptic world. The artwork is beautiful.

The characters are also
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Brett C
Sep 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: christianity
The graphic novel was better than the movie, espcially the fallen Angels also known as The Watchers. The book was more visual than anything else with dialogue/text boxes not over used. The graphic novel was a simple story of the Biblical prophet Noah and his wife and sons. Though different from the legit Biblical character, the story of the flood and the arc remain the same. I gave 3 stars because of the lack of depth and character development. The stunning artwork is sometimes a little dull and ...more
Vladimir Jankovic
Dec 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Artwork is neat. Tempo and timing, development of the story is great. All packed nicely and technically well executed graphic novel. But...

I have trouble with the ending. It looks like it's telling me people deserve to die and just that. It's not giving me moral grounds to think about nor is pulling me out of my seat with eye opening thoughts, which I think it should have done. So I was dissapointed in the end. I'm giving it one star above my actual feelings for it because of art, because it
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Ming
May 23, 2014 rated it liked it
This is based on the first draft of the screenplay, which underwent further rewriting and revisions. As such, the film works better, and the themes are sharper. Seen through the artist's eyes, this is a different visual treatment, and it's almost equally gorgeous (if not as awe-inspiring). It's kind of fun to compare the two versions and see what changes were made along the way.
Buddy
Aug 02, 2014 rated it liked it
I loved the movie, and it was interesting to see what it could have been had it been based on earlier drafts. I liked that in the book, Noah visited a thriving city to warn the inhabitants of their impending doom, but aside from that, the movie was much better. The book included a lot of verses, which could have helped some viewers who thought the movie was unbiblical.
Taylor Cayes
May 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
The art is gorgeous, but uneven. The story really lacks nuance and the characterization is almost nonexistent. I liked some elements of the story so much, so it was really disappointing that it was executed so poorly.
Jerry Jose
Jul 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Remember reading this before the movie. Great artwork and adaptation, somehow far better than movie in conveying the emotions.
Christian
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
When Darren Aronofsky was struggling to make his film The Fountain he eventually grew frustrated and adapted it into a graphic novel. I have not seen nor read it, but it must have been a good experience for him because when he was preparing to film Noah he did the same, and adapted it into a graphic novel. So, this isn't exactly an adaptation of the film, but more of a companion project to the film.

A common refrain when Noah was released was "Who wanted this? Who is this for?" This is a common
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Benja
Dec 29, 2017 rated it liked it
My understanding is that filmmaker Darren Aronofsky and Ari Handel wrote the screenplay for Noah and then had it commissioned to Niko Henrichon as a graphic novel while looking for financial backing for his movie. So the book is essentially a proof of concept, and as such I'm tempted to compare it to its film version (which I quite liked) rather than other graphic novels.

The story plays out more or less as in the movie (shot for shot, obviously) although the novel's art has a tinge of sci-fi to
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Darren S. Aronofsky (born February 12, 1969) is an American film director, screenwriter and film producer. He attended Harvard University and AFI to study both live-action and animation film theory, where he met long-time collaborator Matthew Libatique. He won several film awards after completing his senior thesis film, "Supermarket Sweep", starring Sean Gullette, which went on to become a ...more

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