The Fountain (comics)

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The Fountain
Cover to The Fountain.
Publication information
Publisher Vertigo
Format Graphic novel
Genre
Publication date November 2005
Creative team
Writer(s) Darren Aronofsky
Artist(s) Kent Williams
Collected editions
Hardcover ISBN 1-4012-0059-1
Softcover ISBN 1401200583

The Fountain is a graphic novel illustrated by Kent Williams published in 2005 by Vertigo Comics, based on the original script of Darren Aronofsky's film The Fountain.[1]

The graphic novel was a way to salvage something from the film project, whose first production was cancelled. As Aronofsky said, "I knew it was a hard film to make and I said at least if Hollywood fucks me over at least I'll make a comic book out of it." [2] Later, the film project was resurrected by Warner Bros.

Plot summary[edit]

An army of Spanish soldiers is searching for the Tree of Life. Father Avila feels that their long journey is about to serve its purpose when he notices that a symbol on a blade he is carrying matches a symbol drawn in the sky, as well as on the ground. He presumes this must be the location of the Mayan temple that houses the Tree of Life. The soldiers accompanying him are reluctant and feel that his theories will only add to the loss of soldiers they have had.[1]

The soldiers begin their assault on the temple only to be met by the Mayan warriors who are protecting the temple. Father Avila advances up the temple and is met by a Mayan priest who slowly emerges from the temple.

Dr. Thomas Creo is fatigued, sitting at a computer. He is about to perform surgery on a monkey that has a tumor. His colleagues tell him the surgery is canceled and they are going to euthanize the animal. Thomas brings up an ethnobotanical compound from Guatemala that he insists be injected into the animal. He opens his text and points to a tree. Against his colleagues' objections, the monkey is injected with the sap.

The story cuts to the woman from the tree and the seed she carries. She walks in the snow to the grave of "Izzi Creo." She buries the seed in the snow next to her grave.

Characters[edit]

16th century
  • Captain Tomas Verde
  • Father Avila
  • Ariel
  • Mayan Priest - Lord of Xibalba
  • Queen Isabel
  • Silecio the Inquisitor
  • The Franciscan
  • Captain Rivera
Present
  • Dr. Tommy Creo
  • Izzi
  • Antonio
  • Dr. Lillian Guzetti
  • Dr. Lipper
  • Betty
  • Donovan (Monkey)
  • Tom
  • Woman ("Izzi")

Reception[edit]

IGN's review of the graphic novel praised Kent Williams differences in style and mood throughout the graphic novel, noting that as the story shifts from the 16th century to the present-day "Williams leaves the richer colors of the previous scenes for softer hues that almost play like a watery memory. The effect is calming and adds dual layers of sadness and romance to the scenes. "[3]

Writing for IGN, Hilary Goldstein called the comic a "must-have", concluding, "Aronofsky has succeeded, at least in one medium, of providing an incredible journey of love and loss across the centuries."[3]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Irvine, Alex (2008), "The Fountain", in Dougall, Alastair, The Vertigo Encyclopedia, New York: Dorling Kindersley, p. 84, ISBN 0-7566-4122-5, OCLC 213309015 
  2. ^ Jonah Weiland (2005-04-06). "Talking "The Fountain" Graphic Novel with Darren Aronofsky and Ari Handel". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 2006-11-10. 
  3. ^ a b Goldstein, Hilary (November 18, 2005). "The Fountain GN Review". IGN. 

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