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 John Zizka.
The Drum Who Fell in Love, a sequel of sorts, begins with Zizkas death: His people have him skinned and his skin stripped onto a drum, and the drum, speaking in Zizkas voice, leads the Taborites into battle anew. But the touch of a beautiful girl softens Zizkas 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).
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Praise for David B.:
David B. is clearly one of the best storytellers in the medium of comics. Joe Sacco
David B. works a real kind of deeply human magic on the page. Jason Lutes