The Bible

 BIBL   (Image, 2004)

™ and © 2004 Image Comics, Inc.

There have been Bible adaptations in a wide variety of styles, from an educational Revelations to a pornographic version of the story of Judah and Tamar. Whether fine literature or blasphemy, each has a clear vision and sticks to it. The Bible: Eden suffers from an identity disorder. It’s not apparent whether this volume belongs on the “reverent” stack or on the “heretical.” The text is “reverent,” being composed of Bible verses and dialogue closely adhering to the same. The painted art is beautiful. Sure, there’s nudity, but we expect that in Eden. (We’re too enlightened to expect strategically placed hair to demurely cover Eve’s breasts.)

Here’s the problem: When Eve is created, they have sex. When they eat from the Tree of Knowledge, they have sex. After being expelled from Eden, they have no consolation except for sex. By this point, the reader must suspect that they’re having sex for titillation of him or her rather than for legitimate story needs. The back of the book is full of excerpts from other Bible tales. The worship of the golden calf is depicted as an orgy. There’s no textual support for that, but fine. It’s not graphic enough for those who are really into that kind of thing. It’s too graphic for those who aren’t. The art is gorgeous; the creators need to pick a direction and stick with it.

— Jack Abramowitz

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