Book Review: The Grand Inquisitor (Graphic Novel)

Comics (or the new proper term, graphic novels) are one area of my reviewing/writing where I wish I did more. I dabbled in editorial comics when I was a journalist (republished in a web comic collection Whales Speaking Yiddish). I’ve also written some web comics with spooky yet silly plots (the Grim Reaper’s private life, a vampire sommelier) for a collection called O Is For Odd. Recently I made some satirical comics responding to the announced movie Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey.

When I get the chance, I’ll also promote interesting graphic novels that I discover. I reviewed Plough Publishing’s graphic novel about the White Rose German resistance group in 2021 for the Evangelical Church Library Association. More recently, I reviewed a new Plough graphic novel: an adaptation of The Grand Inquisitor scene in The Brothers Karamazov.

Like any adaptation of a Dostoevsky story, it’s a difficult read but an enriching one. It also shows how surprisingly relevant many of Dostoevsky’s themes are today, in a polarized America where chaos often seems the norm.

I hope you enjoy the review, and check out the graphic novel for yourself.

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Cover Photo Credit: Photo by Miika Laaksonen on Unsplash

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