Full disclosure: I’m a member of the Christian Comics Arts Society, which is a “network of Christian fellowship for comics fans, pros, and amateurs”. Another member wrote this book and provided me with a free copy in exchange for a fair and honest public review. As an aside, members write biblically or theologically themed comics and also secular comics that may or may not have anything to do with theology or certain worldviews.
I wanted to enjoy Nephilites because the concept is interesting and recently popped up in Darren Aronofsky’s Noah. Nephilites are the nephilim mentioned in Genesis 6. Without getting into theology, the idea is that Nephilities are half human and half angel (or rock monster). In this book, they’ve divided themselves into Light and Shadow, and generally don’t interact with humans. The balance shifts between the two factions at the beginning of this giant graphic novel, and humans get involved.
The story itself is interesting. The first quarter gradually introduced some fun characters and a general sense of foreboding. Unfortunately, the self-published book could have used some editing to tighten and bring into focus the plot and themes. Still, there are a few moments in which certain characters, shine and ring very true.
In addition to the editing issues, Nocete’s black and white illustrations are difficult to follow. Eighty percent of the male characters are young, fit, and blonde. Besides the occasional goatee or sideburn it can be difficult to see any character difference. Therefore, understanding who is doing what is difficult. I say that as someone who generally buys 10 comics per month and is familiar with sequencing.
The book was audacious in story and length, but didn’t quite deliver for me. I wouldn’t recommend it, but I will keep an eye on the writer’s future efforts.