The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (Graphic Novel) Review
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“And the four angels who had been kept ready for this very hour and day and month and year were released to kill a third of mankind.” Revelation 9:15 A project that was a very long time in the making, The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse is a captivating tale filled with doom and gloom, […]
“And the four angels who had been kept ready for this very hour and day and month and year were released to kill a third of mankind.” Revelation 9:15
A project that was a very long time in the making, The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse is a captivating tale filled with doom and gloom, terror and pestilence, and more than a fair share of heroic self sacrifice. It blends a creative use of bible scriptures with a modern comic style that makes for a story that is both familiar and brand new at the same time. This original take on an old story is coupled with masterful artwork that manages to easily convey the urgency and horror of the events that occur.
Of course, we’ve all heard the legend of the four horsemen of the apocalypse – they who will usher in the end of times. In The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, this is used as the basis for the story about our heroes, unlikely though some of them may be. First, readers are introduced to the Helldiver (though he doesn’t know it at the time). Adam Cahill is a husband, father, professor – and a decedent of Solomon. He, and others like him, carry the seals that – in the wrong hands – can be used to summon the four horsemen and begin the end of the world. And of course, the wrong hands are really keen to get their hands on those seals.
Though tragedy strikes Adam early on, he has not lost his sense of purpose (even if it has been sorely tested). He will do what he must to protect the world – and his young daughter, who holds the final seal. Unfortunately, what he must do to save the world involves descending into hell. He must find the three souls who have been chosen to help him stop the four horsemen, and bring peace back to the world. That is no small task at all, given that those souls are in hell for a reason, and aren’t necessarily immediately ready to assume the role of saviors. It makes for some heart wrenching and action packed scenes, as they slay their personal demons – and try desperately to stop some not so personal demons from destroying the world as we know it.
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse is an absolutely excellent graphic novel. The story is familiar in its core elements, but it isn’t predictable at all. The characters are really well developed, as you grow to understand and know them, you’ll find yourself the unlikely champion of a serial killer, among others. My one disappointment is the cliched gratuitous use of impossibly large breasts. For the most part, the characters are dark, gritty, wreathed in sorrow and heavily armed. And yet, the female characters are…well, not. Even Pestilence, the sole female “horsemen”, is generally depicted as a hot girl in a very impractical outfit for heralding an apocalypse.
At its core, The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse is a masterfully done tale that will keep you in its grips till the very end…and make you want more. More of the characters, more of the skillful artwork, more of the gripping story line – just more. It’s an engrossing read that will not disappointment.