Warning: Of Snakes and Apples contains nudity and religious content. Reader discretion is advised. As well as a sense of imagination and tolerance for alternative points of view.
Even when I was young, I was able to comprehend that many of the stories in the Bible were metaphoric. Yes, I believe in magic and in the reality behind the myths… but I also believe in physics, evolution, and the like. For all of the beauty in the idea that the Divine created man and woman from clay (which could also be a metaphor for being created from the ashes of dead stars that exploded billions of years ago), the truth is that we evolved into the beings we are… and that Adam and Eve were naught but myths created by shamans and priests to try and explain a universe that was beyond our comprehension.
Still, there is a certain fascination in the ancient creation stories. Of Snakes and Apples retells the story of creation in Genesis and provides it with a twist, telling the story from a uniquely female perspective: Eve’s own. Nor is this a strict adhering to the ancient tale. We do not see Adam formed and Eve shaped from his own rib. Instead, we start with a glimpse of a remarkably female God (which makes a certain level of sense to me; women are the creators of new life, so why would God not be female in aspect… at least when creating life for the first time?) breathing life into Eve, and bringing her into the world.
Maya Lindell does a superb job of showing the young Eve’s innocence, leading to her eventually meeting a young man named Adam who seems a bit perturbed at his new mate (which also hints that Eve was not the first mate God made for Adam, keeping in line with the Jewish legends of Lillith). The comic has taken its time in getting to this point, working to establish aspects of the characters’ personalities rather than jump straight into a plot that originally took a few paragraphs. Lindell’s artwork remains as skilled as in her other comics (such as Kenyagi), relying purely on photoshopped colors that are rendered quite professionally. And while some people may disagree with her vision of Genesis (and a female God), the story shows considerable imagination and is now on my reading list.