Illustrator Niko Henrichon recently updated his website with a new post about the graphic novel he’s been collaborating on with Darren Aronofsky and Ari Handel, titled Noé (Noah). Of course, given the previous uncertainty of the Aronofsky’s Noah project, this novel was probably intended as a way to both ensure that Aronofsky’s version was released in a public medium and to help sell the project to studios. Given that this is being called a “Volume 1” release, I imagine the director has held back some of his vision for the now future film.
Henrichon’s post is written in French. I don’t speak French, so this text was run through Google Translate to get the gist (apologies on the rough translation):
Almost a year since the last update. I was a little busy with the new series that I started with Darren Aronofsky and Ari Handel: Noah! Volume 1 which has just been published in Europe by Editions Le Lombard.
I’m working on it for over a year now and for many months, it was a little difficult to tell because of all the confidentiality surrounding the project directly or indirectly connected to Hollywood. In addition, we have just learned that Darren Aronofsky will also conduct a film about Noah in the coming years and will be produced at Paramount Pictures.
This Volume 1 of Noah, to say a few words, I would say the introduction of a story rather confusing. Those familiar with Aronofsky films are sure to notice its tendency to stage events and ambiguous inatendus who pushed to their extreme limits, changing forever the fate of the protagonists. It’s the same with our version of the myth of Noah. Those who believe that we are just going to recycle the myth of the Old Testament may be disappointed. I was told recently that the first volume was almost too normal for Aronofsky. Well done! To say more would spoil the surprise a little.
The novel is available for purchase through Le Lombard and Amazon France (but not in the US, as far as I can tell right now). You’ll also find some preview images and a longer trailer on their website.
Last, here is Le Lombard’s synopsis for Noé (Google Translate again):
It was a world without hope, a world with no rain and no crops, dominated by warlords and their barbarian hordes.
In this cruel world, Noah was a good man. Seasoned fighter, mage and healer but he only wanted peace for him and his family. Yet every night, Noah was beset by visions of an endless flood, symbolizing the destruction of all life.
Gradually, he began to understand the message sent him by the Creator. He had decided to punish the men and kill them until the last. But he gave Noah a last chance to preserve life on Earth…