It’s always a little disconcerting to see a typo in the title of a book, right there on the cover, but there it is with atheists spelled “athiests.” The lone speech balloon on the cover also contains an “its” when the appropriate word would have been “it’s,” and it’s a shame because the rest of the book is pretty good. Sure, Upton still has some difficulties overcoming spelling challenges, with “thier” and “nieghbours,” then with verb/noun agreement in the line “…once the floods washes…,” but the volume of typos isn’t as severe as the first Colin Upton mini I read, and there’s absolutely no doubt that he’s a gifted cartoonist with very inky and lush line work. For only 75 cents from www.colinupton.com, you get a fascinating look at the human drama and small conflicts surrounding Noah and his family, amid the larger plotline in this familiar biblical tale. Upton zooms right in on the inherent hypocrisy of organized religion, with the act of knowingly committing sins but then being forgiven. At 16 pages, this is one of the larger minis I’ve read from Upton, and the increased length really shows off his panel variety, a nice sense of pace, and great level of detail in each compact panel, even for a ¼ page sized comic book. Grade A-.
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