Dominion: Fall of the House of Saul, Chapter 1


Book: Dominion: Fall of the House of Saul, Chapter 1

Authors: Barron R. Bell with Daniel Hancock

Illustrators: Christopher Hunt and Hunter Riggs

Publisher: Terminus Media, 2020

ISBN-13: none provided

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Language level: 1

(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)

Recommended reading level: Ages 8 and up

Rating: ****** 5 stars

(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)

Category: Science fiction

Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker

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     Bell, Barron R., with Hancock, DanielDominion: Fall of the House of Saul, Chapter 1 (published in 2020 by Terminus Media).  Amid a time of trouble, a royal family is in crisis. King Saul, who has lost the favor of his Deity and his people, rules over Dominion, which is in the middle of a war with the Philistine Empire, from his capital planet of Gibeah.  His son, Prince Jonathan, is seeking his father’s approval.  Queen Ahinoam is struggling behind the scenes to keep the Kingdom together.  “Dominion” is a new comic series from Terminus Media, a diverse Christian comic book company.  Fall of the House of Saul is a Sci-Fantasy space opera inspired by the book of 1 Samuel in the Bible re-imagined for a new generation.

    Created by artist, writer, and college professor Dr. Barron R. Bell, the series has been described as ”Star Wars meets Narnia.”   All of the characters are anthropomorphic (human-like bodies with animal heads) set in deep space.  Bell is Professor of Art and Design at Liberty University and creator of the graphic novel Radio Free Amerika.   Daniel Hancock, creator of the audio drama End of Darkness (a story of the life of Jesus) serves as co-writer.  Inks and colors are produced by Chris Hunt and Hunter Riggs.  Available in both print and digital, each book includes a study guide at the end which helps to connect the story with the Biblical source material that inspired it.

     I do not normally prefer to review “graphic novels” (i.e., comic books), but because this one is based on Biblical history, I agreed to do it.  The war is introduced with suitable tension, but no unnecessary gore.  Since Dominion is at war with the Philistines, some violence may be expected, but most of it is not explicitly shown. Under the orders of the Almighty, the High Priest Samuel kills an enemy king by electrocuting him with a rod. A settlement of 1,500 people is wiped out, but readers only see a destroyed village. According to Terminus Media, Chapter Two was to be released in December of 2020.  If I were into graphic stories, I would undoubtedly like this one and thus recommend it to all who enjoy that genre.

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