Frank Martin’s Modern Testament is reminiscent of the great American Gods by Neil Gaiman , except he is using biblical creatures which is, in my humble opinion, a very bold and unique choice in today’s comic industry.
This comic gives the reader three different stories -Shoulder DJinn, The Abandoned and Down with the Sickness. They all contain some religious tones, and this is essentially the core of the Modern Testament series. A brief synopsis of each:
When stripped down to the bare bones, this is a tale of good vs evil, but with one difference. Instead of the devil and angel just sitting on one’s shoulder, telling the main character what to do, they are both full size and trying to lead the character to their way of thinking. This in turn means the conflict becomes a very physical one, with both entities trading blows as well as words over the way the character should react in each situation. The story builds well and leads to a dramatic climax that is very satisfying to read. The artwork is very crisp, clean and bold and this adds a great deal to the story, rather than detracting from it and distracting the reader. An excellent read with some longevity.
This is a very raw and simplistic storyline about an abandoned child with an apparently angelic but absent father. It builds and builds emotionally, before coming to a sudden but very calm conclusion. The art work for this is different from the previous story but is very raw and in-keeping with the subject matter. Although this story is of a similar length to the first, it seems to be over much more quickly and reads as a short. I personally found this one to be a little disappointing for that reason.
Down with the Sickness
This was by far my favourite storyline of the three. A tale of a corrupt CEO of a pharmaceutical company who, while terminally ill, is visited by (and toyed with) by one of the four horsemen – Pestilence – thinly disguised as a surgeon. This tale forces the reader to confront their own mortality, and is a well-written, nicely paced story. It feels that this one (along with Shoulder DJinn) could easily be expanded into a full-size graphic novel. It has some great art that draws the reader in with vivid colours and style. Very enjoyable.
In short, all three of the stories seem to have the same underlying idea – that there are forces that we will never truly understand, which are pushing and pulling us; and that the notion of free will and free thought are both things that we will never truly have.
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