The Harrowing of Hell
by Evan Dahm
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Pub Date 11 Aug 2020 | Archive Date 23 Sep 2020
“Jesus of Nazareth . . . art thou come to destroy us?”
Over the thousands of years since Christ’s Crucifixion, the original gospels detailing his life and death have been edited, sanded down, and molded into the tale millions of people know by heart today. But what if that first fevered, dreamlike writing about this moment of profound historical upheaval were to be resurrected itself, brought back to life in a haunting fable for our modern age?
In THE HARROWING OF HELL, Evan Dahm draws upon a wide array of texts both ancient and modern, religious and historical, to create a brand new window into the life and death of Christ, a vision of a dying man’s revolutionary drive and fervent belief in humanity’s salvation from all manner of jailers. Discarding the heroic, demon-smiting Christ that has taken hold in the popular imagination, this story gives us a peaceable and contemplative Christ, defiantly at odds with the ancient and modern desires of His flock.
A richly symbolic, densely illustrated allegorical tale that echoes back to us from ancient times, THE HARROWING OF HELL is a fascinating reinterpretation of one of the most important religious figures in history, before He was the god of the wealthy and powerful, before He was recast as the warrior worshipers preferred.
Average rating from 25 members
If you are not Catholic, Lutheran, LDS, Reformed or Orthodox, you may not have been taught what happened to Jesus after he was crucified and before he was resurrected. The Harrowing of Hell tells of Jesus descent into the underworld. Whether you are a believer in the story or not, the art alone is worth buying the book. It is pen and ink. The images have the broad strokes of a woodcut. The dramatic and deep blood red coloring makes the scenes of the underworld pop. 4 stars! Thanks to Iron Circus Comics, Letter Better Publishing and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review. I also reviewed this author’s previous graphic novel, Rice Boy, and I loved it too!
I received the ARC of this book from NetGalley and the Publisher, in exchange of an honest review. Let me start by saying this: I am not a religious person. I do not pray or follow any religions (though I might consider myself to somehow follow the Christian holidays, as my entire family is Christian). But I am familiar with the stories in the Bible and especially this one. It was a nicely done fresh take on the now classical tale and the artwork was really good. It was enough to make me read it without stopping and also think about it after I was done.
One of the quickest reads ever! The beautiful artwork and compelling story made it impossible to keep turning the pages and I finished this in minutes. The story takes one of the most famous religious figures of our time, Jesus Christ, and puts him in an original storyline from a very different angle. I loved it, can’t wait to read more!
This was such a beautifully illustrated interpretation of the crucifixion of Christ. Despite being religious, I do not have an in-depth knowledge of this event. Dahm's interpretation from the perspective of Christ's thoughts after being crucified is so interesting. The use of black and white illustrations with red as the only colour was an appropriate and symbolic choice. Overall, this graphic novel provided me with an intriguing interpretation of Christ's crucifixion that I have not seen before and I would highly recommend it.
Alright this was stunning!! Thank you so much to the publisher for giving an arc in order for an honest review. This was amazing. I'm so in love with the art style of this. The impact this book has because of the art style is amazing!! I enjoyed the story, I mean most people know the story since it's about Jesus, however I think it's so well written. I would 100% recommend this one to someone else interested since it was such a quick read but also a very fun read!