King David


Following in a tradition that includes the monologuist Lord Buckley and the comics publisher M.C. Gaines’ Picture Stories From the Bible, artist-writer Kyle Baker renders the Old Testament tale of King David in vivid, demotic language (”I’m on a top-secret mission for King Saul…. I could use five loaves of bread, or whatever you have”) and gorgeous cartoonish drawings that manage to amuse while never undercutting the stirring stories. We’re shown David’s battle with Goliath, his allegiance and subsequent competition with a jealous King Saul, and his ardor for the lush Bathsheba. Sometimes slapstick silly but always true to biblical narrative, this graphic novel is as elaborately drawn as any major-studio animated film. A-

King David
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