THOUGH NO STRANGER TO COMICS, Boaz Yakin is better known to the world of movies. My first introduction to him was through Fresh. One of my favorite movies.
Our first collaboration was with his script for Marathon, another kind of epic—the ancient Greek kind—with art by the remarkable Joe Infurnari. Yakin took us back to the days of Eucles, the runner who saved Athens from the Persian invasion. Kirkus Reviews noted: “Marathon chronicles at once a glorious win for the underdogs and an awe-inspiring personal achievement.”
With Jerusalem, Yakin lept many centuries ahead, to Palestine in the 1940s and through the creation of the state of Israel. This 400 page family saga is a transporting experience. The artwork is by Nick Bertozzi, whom I consider to be one of the most talented American graphic novelists alive today. I remember first reading the script, mesmerized by this sprawling Jewish family inspired by Yakin’s own, at a hinge-point in history.
History springs back to life here, but more than that—very high grade writing and artistry will immerse you in a great STORY in ways only the best graphic novels do. Do get yourself a copy of Jerusalem. You’ll treasure it.
in the media:
Jerusalem is a NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
“This is most powerful for investing a massive and complex issue with real human emotion.” —Booklist, starred review
“Pretty damned great.”—Comic Book Resources