Mark Alan Miller brings us the novelization of the graphic novel of Clive Barker’s Next Testament, published by BOOM Studios in 2013. I haven’t read the graphic novel yet and so I was happy to go into the book blind.
Julian Desmond is a man of exquisite taste – a billionaire who seeks out the rarest things to possess. As we’ve seen with Clive Barker before, we see the motivation of a man seeking the forbidden, regardless of cost. There is also the solving of a puzzle to find it. In this case it’s the puzzle of a pyramid in the desert. What Julian finds is an incredible being, known as Wick. Unfortunately for Julian and the rest of mankind, Wick is God, and he’s vengeful.
Wick is fascinating, not only for his supreme power, but also for his wonderment at the state of the modern world. There is no greater example of his power than when he decides man shouldn’t fly any more. Throughout the book we are shown Wick’s power and it is truly astounding and shocking as each action or whim wipes out millions of people at a time. He travels the globe with Julian seeking a place and audience fitting and worthy of God. He’s impossible to please.
Our protagonists are Julian’s son, Desmond, and his fiancée, Elspeth, who try to put a stop to the impossible. Their search for information and an answer to Wick takes them on a long and dangerous journey across the United States. We see plenty of reflections of Julian in Tristan, with his determination and compulsion to achieve his goal.
This book, you could say, is in the great tradition of the biblical epics. It truly is epic and global in reach and most importantly, that comes through. This is the story of the apocalypse. It’s an enjoyable, vivid, and imaginative tale. It is quite unique.
The book features a wonderful introduction from Clive Barker giving us insight into his creative process and how the character of Wick came to be. It also features some of Barker’s incredible art, but none more so than the amazing cover.
Clive Barker’s Next Testament Book Cover Blurb:
Since the dawn of time, man has looked to the heavens and pondered the existence of a greater power. Is there a God? Clive Barker and Mark Alan Miller have discovered the answer to that question. God is real, and He is out for blood.…
In a desert wasteland, Julian Desmond unearths a figure unlike any other, who calls himself Wick…and who claims to be the God of the Old Testament. Julian takes Wick to the modern world where Wick can operate behind the curtain with the movers and shakers of the world. But when Wick is exposed to the world’s modern conveniences, he is disgusted and begins the process of bringing back the old ways. Wick and Julian’s journey will span the globe, as neither merely wants to make a mark on a world, but a scar. It’s up to Julian’s son, Tristan, and Tristan’s fiancée, Elspeth, to solve the puzzle of Wick’s existence and keep the world from entering a new dark age.
First there was the Old Testament. Then there was the New Testament. Now, we embark upon the newest chapter in our collective history: the Next Testament. GOD HAS RETURNED. GOD HELP US ALL.