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Reviewed by Lee Ashford for Readers' Favorite
“Helldiver: The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse - Book 1” by the cooperative efforts of the team of Mendheim, Bisley, Kennedy and Jaffee is a loose but grisly, gruesome and gory presentation of the Biblical account of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, as disclosed in the Book of Revelation. Simon Bisley is a masterful graphic artist; you can almost smell the brimstone and feel the blood in his artwork. The story in this graphic novel (or comic book) loosely follows Biblical precepts, but the incorporated language and artwork make it clear the intended audience is NOT the Christian world. However, the combination of a Biblical story and very carnal imagery and speech may be just the tool to introduce a previously unreached segment of society to the Bible.
This story will be presented in serial format; Book 2 will soon be released, and the saga will continue. Although it is likely to be offensive to some or even many, Bisley’s artwork showcases incredible details. Bisley came into this project with a well-established reputation for his imaginative fabrications; his fans will not be disappointed in this composition. He has created a surfeit of the most hideously revolting and dreadfully repugnant demons and monsters to ever burn in hell, and has created the spot-on hell for them to call home. Every face he has drawn wears its innermost emotions like a beacon in the dark; there is no ambiguity in any of the characters' visages. This type of manuscript has a limited target audience, and to those fans I heartily recommend that they must get Book 1 and start following this story right from the start. For others, who may be curious after reading this review, I advise caution; by all means, check it out, just be aware that "Helldiver: The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse – Book 1” is not your run-of-the-mill Richie Rich comic book. That means you should be prepared for what you encounter.