The moment I first laid eyes on The Action Bible I knew that our son would love it! Before I gave it to him, I spent a few evenings reading through and verifying the biblical accuracy of the text. Content with the few creative departures from scripture, I gave The Action Bible to our son. Days later he remained glued to his new bible. It was fun to see him respond so positively to the Word and to watch him discover stories that other books overlook. A few years later, The Action Bible still appears on his night stand and lets me know that Joseph has been reacquainting himself with his favorite stories.
When Family Christian offered a review copy of The Battle Begins: The Story of Creation I jumped at the opportunity.
About the Book:
Wow! I continue to be amazed by Sergio Cariello’s artwork, it’s so complex. What stands out is: the layers within each frame, the variety of viewpoint angles, and the imagination that it takes to create each person’s diverse facial expressions. Sergio’s illustrations are vivid and captivating. If you are a parent who is looking for a way to pull your child’s attention away from video screens, put this book in their hands!
With regards to the biblical accuracy of the graphic novel I have a few thoughts to share. Missing from the text are scriptural references which allow the reader to know where they can find this story in the Bible. I found support for most of the story between Genesis 1-3, Isaiah 14:12-15, Ezekiel 28:14-17, and Revelation 12:7. The illustrator highlights quotations taken directly from scripture within yellow banners. Creative license is taken for most of the dialogue between characters; including two references to God as “Dad” by Adam and Eve. You will also find that the Archangel Michael and Lucifer are present at the creation of the world. I am not a biblical scholar that can argue the validity of this depiction but I will comment that their inclusion at creation is used to show Lucifer’s desire for power, jealousy toward man, and rebellion against God.
I didn’t care for the author’s passages following Adam and Eve’s consumption of the forbidden fruit, as Adam begins to burp and pass gas… In turn Eve laughs and Adam takes offense, calling her names! Unlike his mother, my son thought this “addition” to the story was hilarious. I’m not sure if the change in the characters behavior is a result of sin being introduced into the story or the author’s attempt to win laughs from boy’s like mine.
Know the maturity of your own child: When the once the beautiful, warrior angel Lucifer is banished from heaven he becomes ugly. He and his fellow fallen angels become reptilian. Be it the serpent from Genesis 3 or the dragon from Revelation 12:7 – he is scary. This book was age appropriate for our son (9) but not our daughter (6). She wanted to read along so I had to ask her to avert her eyes on a few pages. Don’t worry about nudity in the garden–the images are drawn modestly…i.e. shaded or covered.
In graphic novel format, The Battle Begins: The Story of Creation depicts how the earth came into existence, the origin of Lucifer (Satan), and the fall of man. Drawing from scripture this book conveys the effects of sin on God’s perfect creation. When sin entered the picture it brought with it pain, suffering, hard work, and death but God had a plan for redemption – in the form of His Son. The Battle Begins: The Story of Creation is sure to delight both the young (kids ages 8-12) and the young at heart.
I received this book free as a member of the Family Christian Blogger program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Sergio Cariello has been an accomplished artist since childhood, drawing regular comic strips for his city’s newspaper by age eleven. He later worked for Marvel and DC Comics. He attended the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art as well as the Word of Life Bible Institute. He currently resides in florida with his wife, Luzia.