One of my all time favorite graphic novels is “303” which was written by “Garth Ennis” and illustrated by “Jacen Burrows”. How could I not buy “Chronicles of Wormwood” when the same pair were back together. I am glad to say I was not disappointed, the artwork in Chronicles is fantastic and the story is amongst Ennis’s best work. Ennis likes poking fun at religion (the Catholic Faith in particular) in several of his books but this one is probably the most extreme. It makes “The Preacher” look a bit tame and not only includes, offensive drawings, strong language and nudity but it also has blasphemous story line to seal the deal. I loved it. There is something about the laid back story telling style that keeps the whole thing light and amusing (Laugh out loud at times) rather than offensive. I am not sure what the Vatican would make of the scene with the Oz pope having a threesome with three naked nuns.
The story is based around the apocalypse and features all the parties you would expect but not as you expect to see them. The Devil is pretty much true to form and both God and his only son are a bit strange to say the least but what really makes this story special is the Wormwood himself. His unwillingness to participate in the end of mankind is the special key to why this book was such a good read. Jacen Burrows has a unique clean way of drawing that I really appreciate. I am getting to be a really big fan of his work. [ISBN-13: 978-1592910410]. 9/10
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