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Now for something completely different (XLIII)

12 Jun

A Date with Judy (1954, no. 43)

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Manga.  It still confuses me.  So let’s start with something easy.  Biblical manga?

Judith: Captive to Conqueror.  Smart, beautiful, faithful.  She is called to save her nation.  Her name is Judith.

Volume 1 – The Story

The Jews have returned to Israel after the Babylonian captivity, but now a new threat looms on the horizon. Holofernes, the wicked and conniving general of the Assyrian army, is sent to conquer all the world’s temples, and now heads toward the Promised Land.  But in Bethulia, the one city that stands between the Assyrians and Jerusalem, is Judith – the only woman with enough faith and courage to defend the Temple with her life.

Story by: Gabrielle Gniewek
Art by: Sean Lam
Paperback, 160 Pages
Published by: Manga Hero, 2010

Volume 2 – The Story

With her people dying of thirst, and the Assyrians stationed outside Bethulia’s gates, Judith leaves the safety of the city and infiltrates the enemy camp to find and kill the sinister Holofernes.  But the scheming lieutenant has his own plans for dealing with her and the Israelites – even if it means disobeying the Assyrian king.  Only five days remain before Bethulia surrenders and Israel falls – within that time Judith must find the strength to overcome her past if she is to ever outwit Holofernes.  A battle of wills is about to take place that will shape Israel’s future forever.

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