Grand Rapids, MI &ndash The opening chapter in the epic life story of a man who changed the world forever, FIRSTBORN is the debut graphic novel in the much-anticipated THE LAST ADAM series. Written by Mark Arey and Matt Dorff and published by Zondervan, Firstborn adds a visual spin to scripture, meeting the growing demand for graphic novels in the faith arena.

Firstborn is an origin piece, a starting point in the story of Jesus.&nbsp Scene by scene, Firstborn describes how the very pillars of Christianity were constructed.&nbsp Through prophetic visions, miracles, angelic visitations, wondrous births and unbreakable family bonds, Jesus&rsquos epic story begins.&nbsp

Translated by Father Mark Arey exclusively from ancient gospel manuscripts, Firstborn weaves the four gospels into one story.&nbsp Arey&rsquos lifetime of deep study and biblical training, when paired with the illustrations of Kai Carpenter, create a gloriously detailed telling of the savior&rsquos birth and early life.&nbsp Adapted and edited into graphic novel form by Matt Dorff, with letters and title design by Carlton Riffel, Firstborn creates a journey into the history told in scripture, unique in both story and accuracy.

At last week &rsquos Comic Con in San Diego, Zondervan showcased the Firstborn book, and working closely with the Christian Comic Arts Society to open a wider conversation on the use of graphic novels in spreading not only the gospel, but in inspiring people of faith to dig deeper into the history and theology of their beliefs.

The Last Adam: Firstborn will be available in stores October 9, 2013.&nbsp Written by Mark Arey and Matt Dorff, Firstborn will retail for $19.99, and is published by Zondervan.

Zondervan, part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, is a world leading Bible publisher and provider of Christian communications. For more than 80 years, Zondervan has delivered transformational Christian experiences through its bestselling Bibles, books, curriculum, academic resources and digital products. The company&rsquos products are sold in multiple formats, worldwide in more than 60 countries, translated into nearly 200 languages. The Company&rsquos mission is to be the leading company in Christian communication, meeting the needs of people with resources that glorify Jesus Christ and promote Biblical principles. Zondervan offices are located in Grand Rapids, MI.

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