Review by Salma_asa -- Child of the Sun Complete Edition

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Review by Salma_asa -- Child of the Sun Complete Edition

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[Following is a volunteer review of "Child of the Sun Complete Edition" by Michael Van Cleve.]
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2 out of 4 stars
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Child of the Sun Complete Edition is a compilation of seven comic book issues by Michael Van Cleve. The story of the book revolves around the biblical character ‘Samson’. There are some other mythological characters too: Heracles, Gilgamesh and many more. At the beginning of the story, Samson meets Heracles and befriends him. Soon after, he meets Adriana, a priestess of the temple of goddess Astarte, and falls in love with her.

Usually, Delilah is known to be Samson's love interest and wife. In this novel, Adriana's story is told whom Samson almost married in his early life. Things go wrong on the last day of their wedding when Adriana betrays his trust. This incident gradually worsens things and brings about a catastrophe. A war breaks out and thousands of lives are lost.

This is a graphic novel and the illustrations were very polished and detailed. I could picture the whole thing in my mind. The artist surely deserves a pat on the back. But the story development was not that much organized. Sometimes I felt that the story was incoherent and lacked purpose. Perhaps It seemed so because it is a collection of several books. Nonetheless, I enjoyed reading the book.

The characters weren’t well-developed. Sometimes there were so abrupt changes in their behavior that I had to re-read the sentences to get them right. Some explanations could have cleared my confusion.

There are so many things I didn’t like about this book that I have to rate it two out of four. There was excessive sexual content. I don’t have any prejudice about nudity but it degrades the quality of the story if placed unnecessarily. On the plus side, I didn’t notice any grammatical errors in the book. So, it can be said that it was professionally edited.

I will recommend this novel to all mythology or comic book fans. But there is a warning. It contains a lot of full-frontal nudity and bloody graphics. So, it is suggested to mature readers only.

This book is not the usual biblical version you know. The author used a lot of imaginations. So, keep that in mind while reading. One more thing, if you don’t have enough knowledge about these biblical and mythological characters, please do a little research on them before you start reading. I had to google a lot amid reading because they were all new to me, and I didn’t understand many things. I could enjoy my reading more if I had prior knowledge.

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Post by B Creech »

I don't care much about the comic book style. I agree with you that the explicit parts of the novel can ruin the entire read. I do take offense with explicit descriptions, especially when about a biblical character. I also don't care for overly violent situations which it sounds like this novel has. Having pictures to go with the explicit sexual and violent content would not be something I would care to see or read about! Thanks for the honesty in your review. It gives the potential reader a heads up so they can make an informed decision as to reading this book! Great review!
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Post by moonopam »

This book seem to mix biblical characters and imaginary ones. Its good for fiction lovers. Otherwise, I enjoyed reading your review.

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Post by Cazrichmond »

Thanks for a great review. It’s a shame the storyline and character development was not as appealing as some of the artwork. The idea of the story sounds promising but it seems to fail to deliver.

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