The Lost Books of Eve 1:3 (Viper – Howard)
Welcome to the amazing world of Josh Howard (Dead at 17) and his book The Lost Books of Eve. While surfing the Viper Comics website, I became intrigued with the title. I picked it up from Kowabunga Comics and away I went.
Viper’s website describes the book: “Journey back to a time when magic still thrived, dragons and fallen gods roamed the earth, and man was just a myth. The Garden of Eden was a place of perfect peace and tranquility. That is, until its keeper, Adam, went missing. Now, his newly created wife, Eve, must venture outside the safety of the Garden for the first time to go in search of her husband, all the while battling monsters,beast men, wizards, demons, and even the gods themselves. It’s the fun and adventure of Samurai Jack mixed with the epic scope of Lord of the Rings.”
I’ll be straight with you, this is not the Adam and Eve Bible story. Oh, it uses some of the same characters. But I never learned anything about Zeus wanting to keep Eve as a concubine when I was in Sunday school. That being said, I thought the book was good fun. The story, which I came into the middle of, was intriguing enough to make me want to go back and read the beginning and keep reading until the end. Eve is a women of strength and perseverance who could be considered a roll model of the modern day woman.
So how did The Lost Books of Eve catch my eye? It was the art! Josh Howard has the talent to tell a beautiful story through his art. Even thought his art is highly stylized with an almost cartoon feel, he can make his characters emote with the best. When we Adam hanging in chains, we feel for him. He’s a beaten man, but his eye convey that he is by no means broken. No text needed to get that idea across.
I have yet to read Dead At 17, Josh Howard’s other big book, but now that I’ve gotten a taste of what Mr. Howard gives his fans, you can be I’m going to be taking a look.