The Fountain (comics)
Cover to The Fountain.
|Publication date||November 2005|
|Written by||Darren Aronofsky|
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."  Later, the film project was resurrected by Warner Bros.
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.
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.
- 16th century
- Captain Tomas Verde
- Father Avila
- Mayan Priest - Lord of Xibalba
- Queen Isabel
- Silecio the Inquisitor
- The Franciscan
- Captain Rivera
- Dr. Tommy Creo
- Dr. Lillian Guzetti
- Dr. Lipper
- Donovan (Monkey)
- Woman ("Izzi")
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."
- Irvine, Alex (2008), "The Fountain", in Dougall, Alastair, The Vertigo Encyclopedia, New York: Dorling Kindersley, p. 84, ISBN 0-7566-4122-5, OCLC 213309015
- Jonah Weiland (2005-04-06). "Talking "The Fountain" Graphic Novel with Darren Aronofsky and Ari Handel". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 2006-11-10.
- Goldstein, Hilary (November 18, 2005). "The Fountain GN Review". IGN.
- The Fountain at the Comic Book DB