Saturday, March 5, 2011

A review: "The Action Bible"

Last evening I finished reading The Action Bible, written by Doug Mauss and illustrated by Sergio Cariello.

The Action Bible is a graphic novel written with the idea that the Bible contains the "original action heroes." I think that it does a fairly good job of translating the Bible into a graphic novel, though there are places where I was irritated because I thought that important details had been edited out.

This book does a good job of portraying the message and overall story of the Bible in a way which might make it easier for those who might want to read it but who normally find it to be dry and boring . The story is paced quickly and the illustrations are captivating. That being said, if you want to fully understand any part of the Bible I would recommend picking up a more traditional Bible and reading the relevant section because, as I said, certain important details are edited out of certain stories.

Of particular interest to me was how the New Testament was handled. In some cases historical context was provided so that the story might be more fully understood, and maps were presented to illustrate where the apostles traveled. Maps are provided throughout the Old Testament as well, but not nearly as often.

Something that was a little disconcerting in the New Testament was the chapter heads. Throughout all of the Old Testament that chapter heads had always started at the top of a new page, but partway through the New Testament they began to be placed halfway down a page: this way, an old chapter ended and a new one began on a single page. For unity's sake I think it would have been better for the format to not be changed, but it did not effect the story being told.

My major complaint, really, is that I felt like I was having Christianity shoved down my throat when all I wanted was the story of the Bible. But I guess that's the hazard to any Pagan who decides to pick up the Bible. So I really can't complain.

Overall I found The Action Bible to be a good book and I think it would be an excellent introduction to the Bible. I give it four out of five stars.

Note: If you're interested, you can look inside of The Action Bible on


Magaly Guerrero said...

I, too, find it very difficult sometimes to read a Christian book objectively. There are many great one, but when it is all about "this is the only god and if you don't believe in it you'll burn in a dark place, and by the way, we don't do magic because it is wicked but Jesus was a great necromancer" it kind of gets on my nerves. Too many contradictions for my taste.

I read the graphic novel too. And like you I was annoyed by the page arrangement. I actually took it to a publishing workshop as an example of a book with excellent graphics, but where the arrangements are not very aesthetically pleasing.

Oh, and were you kind of surprised by the mean looking faces of the characters? They all looked so pissed off to me.

Sarita Rucker said...

I actually think that the contradictions are part of what makes the Bible interesting. But that's me. :)

I thought that the character's expressions looked pretty good. Maybe that means that I just expected them to look mean and ticked off? lol

I'd intended to mention (but forgot) in my review that I thought the illustrations fit the Bible quite well, better than the illustrations of any other regular book turned graphic novel that I've read.


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