Want a first look at the graphic novel that everybody’s going to be raving about soon? Here are a bunch of exclusive preview pages from The Divine, a new magical realist comic from the guys who brought you Waltz With Bashir, The Realist, and some gorgeous New Yorker covers.
The Divine, from Asaf Hanuka, Tomer Hanuka and Boaz Lavie, is coming out July 14 from First Second Books. It’s a magical realist story about a war-torn country, and it’s utterly spellbinding.
Here’s a bit more description of the storyline and the creators, via the publisher:
Mark’s out of the military these days, but you never really get away from war. So it feels inevitable when his old army buddy Jason comes calling, with a lucrative military contract for a mining job in an obscure South-East Asian country called Quanlom.
What awaits him in Quanlom is weirdness of the highest order: a civil war led by ten-year-old twins wielding something that looks a lot like magic, leading an army of warriors who look a lot like gods. What awaits him in Quanlom is an actual honest-to-god dragon.
From world-reknowned artists Asaf and Tomer Hanuka (twins, whose magic powers are strictly confined to pen and paper) and Boaz Lavie, The Divine is a fast-paced, brutal, and breathlessly beautiful portrait of a world where ancient powers vie with modern warfare and nobody escapes unscathed.
Boaz Lavie is a writer, filmmaker, and game designer residing in Tel Aviv.
Asaf Hanuka is a comics artist. With his twin brother Tomer he created “Bipolar” comics (2000-2005) and his latest book, The Realist (2012), won a Gold Medal from The Society of Illustrators.
Tomer Hanuka has won multiple gold medals from the Society of Illustrators and the Society of Publication Designers. With his brother Asaf, he also contributed art to the Oscar nominated Waltz with Bashir.
And here are the preview pages! Click to make them giant: