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Jens Harder takes the reader on an operatic journey from the beginning with the nano-seconds following the Big Bang through the next 14 billion years. We see our infant universe as it rapidly expands, formed by black holes belonging to another universe. He uses a cinematic style to show every step, with imagery taken from popular culture, archaeology, science, film, and ar ...more
Hardcover, 360 pages
Published 2009 by Actes Sud
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Eisnein's No.31 Favorite Artist/Artbook*. Check Out No.32 Right HERE. Go Back to No.1 HERE.

ALPHA… Directions (Book I) and BETA… Civilizations: Volume 1 (Book II)

The complete wraparound cover art:
BETA... Civilizations; click on the picture to go visit that GR page:
After 'Intelligent Sentient' got me thinking about other examples of artbooks with segments of sequential art DNA spliced into their makeup, like Al Columbia’s ‘Pim and Francie’, Joe Sacco's 'The Great War', or Xavier Robel and Helge
Jan Philipzig
"Sex and death, effective catalysts, enter onto the scene. The new sexual reproduction deprives organisms of eternal life, however it gives them greater autonomy... The genetic information is no longer simply duplicated, but combined and constantly improved. Possibilities multiply and the pressure to succeed increases drastically..."

Jens Harder's ALPHA... Directions is a primarily visual, meticulously and often spectacularly illustrated journey from the Big Bang all the way to the beginning of h
Dec 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a STUNNER. It tells the story of the Earth from the Big graphic novel form! It's only in German and French at the moment, but the illustrations are worth perusing in their own right.

My only critique of this otherwise stunning graphic novel is that Watson and Crick are pictured instead of Rosalind Franklin when DNA makes its appearance. However, given that these references are not explicitly named, it's not a big deal. It just leapt out at me when I saw that image because
Review to come :)
Simon Chadwick
Jan 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alpha …directions is a hugely important book, especially if you’re someone who struggles with the concept of deep time or the practicalities of slow and gradual change in living organisms. The book covers 14 billions years, and tells the story of Earth and the creatures upon it from the prelude of the Big Bang to the modern day.

Although not wordless, the text is sparse, and instead the duotone pages carry us the through the various periods of time, introducing the pinnacles and disasters that sh
This is one of the coolest comics I've read in a long time.

Harder has attempted an incredibly feat: chronicle the first 13 billion years of the Earth is approx. 360 pages of comics. An ambitious endeavour, to say the least.

The production value alone of this book is amazing. It's gorgeous oversized hardback with thick, stock paper that really let's the art be its best self. And the art is amazing - I can't even begin the imagine the amount of research it took to accumulate the reference materia
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Heavier-going than I expected it to be.. condensing scientific theories spanning millions of years into a few hundred pages with illustrations.
Jon Shanks
Reads very much like a school science textbook, albeit a beautifully rendered & illustrated one, charting life on earth from the big band to the emergence of the homo sapien alongside reproductions of classic art & religious artefacts showing their interpretations of what was supposedly happening at roughly the same time. While quite stunning to look at, the narrative can be somewhat dry and it can be fairly obvious where the author is trying to recreate someone else's art rather than hi ...more
Jan 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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So habe ich die Urgeschichte der Welt noch nicht gesehen. Wunderbar detailreich gezeichnet, unter Verwendung vieler historischer Illustrationen.
Der zweite Band erscheint hoffentlich bald!

Harder lässt auch bei Alpha ...directions einzig die Bilder sprechen, Wörter setzt er fast kaum ein, um die Geschichte vom Urknall bis zu den ersten Hominiden zu erzählen. Vierzehn Milliarden Jahre hat er auf epische 352 Seiten und auf 2000 Panels komprimiert. Er nimmt den
Jul 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Was für ein herausragender Graphic Novel! Jens Harder erzählt die Geschichte der Erde vom Urknall bis zu den ersten Menschen. Dabei verknüpft er thematisch gekonnt die Big Bang Theorie+Evolutionstheorie mit Erklärungsversuchen aus den unterschiedlichsten Religionen und Kulturen. Dabei muss er sich weder für noch gegen den Kreationismus aussprechen. Er lässt vor allem die Bilder sprechen und fügt Text nur unterstützend ein. Dem Leser werden eine Vielzahl an äußerst detailgetreuen und authentische ...more
Isaac Willard Chen
Dec 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
this is an incredible work of art, because it is halfway between a science textbook and a comic book. It tells the story of the universe from the big bang up until the time when humans began to evolve. It includes religious content as well as scientific, and also makes references to modern media. It is truly one of a kind.
Jul 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent ouvrage se situant entre la BD et l'ouvrage scientifique. Il ne s'agit pas ici d'un ouvrage de vulgarisation mais plutôt d'une œuvre tentant de sublimer l'histoire scientifique de l'évolution. Il existe quelques petites imperfections quant à la façon de présenter le mécanisme de l'évolution mais hormis cela on est proche du chef-d’œuvre.
Feb 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: have-read
Just a small side note: as a big fan of the art of Douglas Henderson I discovered a lot of his art in the book. But only one page is cited (p251). The others are p228, 294, 298 & 299. That's not very attentive.
Peter Roberts
Oct 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hugely satisfying, informative and incredibly illustrated. Buy it immediately
Mar 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Great project of a genuine artist, the first of three books. Next will show the human evolution and the third the future of mankind and our earth.
Mar 13, 2011 rated it it was ok
La création du monde racontée par Jens Harder… Contenu trop scientifique (à vertu didactique ?) associé à une série de dessins trop référencés … Long, trop long.
Gamze Yalcin
Jan 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
it is amazing
Feb 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Indrukwekkende graphic novel van de Duitser Jens Harder. Onbegrijpelijk dat dit niet in het Nederlands te vinden is!?
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