David B., the creator of the acclaimed Epileptic, gives full rein to his fascination with history, magic and gods, not to mention grand battles, in this literate,
witty, and absorbing collection of stories — all based on historical fact, or at
least historical legend, and delineated in a striking stylized two-color format.
“The Veiled Prophet”: During the 8th century (the time of Harun al-Rashid,
the Caliph of 1001 Nights fame), Hakim al-Muqanna, the lowly Persian fabric
dyer, is assaulted and enveloped by a piece of white cloth come from the sky.
When a bystander recognizes in the folds of the cloth the visage of Abu-Muslim, defender of the oppressed, al-Muqanna becomes a prophet and great leader
— and within a year his followers have defeated seven armies sent to stop him!
“The Armed Garden,” set in the 15th century, tells the story of the bloody
quest for a Paradise on Earth. Rohan, a humble Prague blacksmith, is visited
by Adam and Eve, who urge him lead his fol-
lowers, soon dubbed “Adamites,” on this mission. They soon must contend, bloodily, with
the rival Paradise-seekers the “Taborites,” led by
“The Drum Who Fell in Love,” a sequel of
sorts, begins with Zizka’s death: His people have
him skinned and his skin stripped onto a drum,
and the drum, speaking in Zizka’s voice, leads
the Taborites into battle anew. But the touch
of a beautiful girl softens Zizka’s spirit, and the
unlikely couple begin a journey together…
Download and read Part 1 of "The Veiled Prophet" in this 10-page PDF excerpt (5.7 MB).