Twin brothers Asaf and Tomer Hanuka have been making vividly arresting comics for quite a while. Together they produced the award-nominated Bipolar. Separately, Tomer is known his covers for Vertigo and illustration for The New Yorker, the NY Times and many other places. Asaf illustrated Pizzeria Kamikaze, written by Etger Keret (and the basis of the film Wristcutters) and the ongoing webcomic The Realist.
And they have a new graphic novel coming out from First Second next July: The Divine, written by Israeli writer/filmmaker Boaz Lavie (“The Lake”). It’s a story dragged from today’s headlines. Former military man Mike is leading a boring civilian existence when his army buddy Jason invites him to take on what seems like easy money: a covert but lucrative contract job in an obscure South-Asian country called Quanlom, which is being torn apart by civil war.
What seems like a simple job turns into a nightmare, as Quanlom’s civil war turns out to be led by 1o-year-old twins with seemingly supernatural powers. Throw in an army of godlike soldiers and a dragon and you have one weird war tale. According to the blurb, it’s ” a fast-paced, brutal, and breathlessly beautiful portrait of a world where ancient powers vie with modern warfare and nobody escapes unscathed.”
I’m a long time fan of the Hanukas striking imagery and morbid imaginations. This sound like a perfect outlet for their vision.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.