The Divine (Paperback)

By Asaf Hanuka (Illustrator), Tomer Hanuka (Illustrator), Boaz Lavie

First Second, 9781596436749, 160pp.

Publication Date: July 14, 2015

List Price: 19.99*
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Mark's out of the military, these days, with his boring, safe civilian job doing explosives consulting. But you never really get away from war. So it feels inevitable when his old army buddy Jason comes calling, with a lucrative military contract for a mining job in an obscure South-East Asian country called Quanlom. They'll have to operate under the radar—Quanlom is being torn apart by civil war, and the US military isn't strictly supposed to be there.

With no career prospects and a baby on the way, Mark finds himself making the worst mistake of his life and signing on with Jason. What awaits him in Quanlom is going to change everything.
What awaits him in Quanlom is weirdness of the highest order: a civil war led by ten-year-old twins wielding something that looks a lot like magic, leading an army of warriors who look a lot like gods.
What awaits him in Quanlom is an actual goddamn dragon.

From world-renowned artists Asaf and Tomer Hanuka (twins, whose magic powers are strictly confined to pen and paper) and Boaz Lavie, The Divine is a fast-paced, brutal, and breathlessly beautiful portrait of a world where ancient powers vie with modern warfare and nobody escapes unscathed.

About the Author

Asaf Hanuka is a comics artist whose books have been published all over the world. With his twin brother Tomer, he created the comic Bipolar, which earned Ignatz and Eisner Award nominations. Asaf contributed art to the Oscar-nominated animated film Waltz with Bashir. The Divine is his most recent graphic novel.

Tomer Hanuka is an illustrator whose work has been featured on book covers, in magazines, and in film. He has won multiple gold medals from the Society of Illustrators and the Society of Publication Designers, and his work has been showcased in Print magazine, on the cover of the New Yorker, and in American Illustration. A collection of his illustrations, titled Overkill: The Art of Tomer Hanuka, was published in 2011. The Divine is his most recent graphic novel.

Boaz Lavie is a writer, filmmaker, and game designer residing in Tel Aviv. The Lake, a short film he wrote and directed, was featured in the San Francisco International Film Festival, Slamdance, Palm Springs Film Festival, and elsewhere. The Divine is his first graphic novel.

Praise For The Divine

“Arresting images, a supernatural tale rooted in a real story, and cool gore—The Divine has got it all.” —Yann Martel, Life of Pi

"[Asaf and Tomer Hanuka's] sensitivity to shade and form makes even the story's quotidian images worth lingering over." —New York Times Book Review

“Stunning artwork and creeping dread weave together in this satisfying and moving page-turner.” —Booklist, starred review

“Heady, hellacious, and phantasmagoric.” —Publishers Weekly