The Goddamned

The Goddamned

Book One, Before the Flood

Book - 2017
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"Caine, son of Adam. Inventor of murder. Cursed by God. The closest thing this doomed world has to a savior. It's 1,600 years after Eden, and life on earth has already gone to hell. The world of man is a place of wanton cruelty and wickedness. Prehistoric monsters and Stone Age marauders roam the land. Murder and destruciton are the rules of the day. This is the story of man on the verge of his first apocalypse. This is life before the Flood. Welcome to the world of the Goddamned."--page 4 of cover
Publisher: Portland, OR : Image Comics, 2017
ISBN: 9781632157003
Branch Call Number: GN AARON 2017
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
Alternative Title: Before the flood


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Feb 21, 2018

An interesting, gritty mashup on the events of the Old Testament, taking place just before the story of the flood and Noah. Caine is cursed to walk the earth unable to die. He bears witness to humanity haven fallen to barbarism of every sort. Centuries after giving up on humanity, he meets a woman who searching for her child that almost reminds him of his mother. He cautiously volunteers to help her find him, hoping to find a redeeming inner peace. This puts him in the path of Noah, who uses extreme violence and slavery in the name of religious worship, and is busy organizing the construction of his ark. There were a lot of interesting idea's in this book. Some examples are Caine questioning the morality of a divine will allowing its creations to suffer, challenges Noah's use of slaves to construct his ark and his brutality towards other humans as ethical even though it's implied that it's being done by divine will. This Jason Aaron manages to take a very old and common story and make something new of it. The artwork was also really well done. The whole thing is reminiscent of the illustrated stories in the classic Heavy Metal magazine issues. I can't wait to read more.

May 04, 2017

Outstanding!!! Jason knocks this one way out of the park.


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