When two people first fall in love, they feel like the whole world revolves around their relationship. Like Adam and Eve, they feel like a Garden of Eden was created just for them. And when they fight or break up, it feels like every decision they made about each other forever changed the world for the worst.
But what if it wasn’t just a feeling? What if divine forces were literally placing the fate of the world on certain relationships? That’s exactly what happens to Jon and Celine, recently reacquainted childhood friends who enter a whirlwind romance. They don’t realize it, but angels and demons have wagered control of the world on the outcome of their relationship. It doesn’t help that Jon’s friends Greg and Mike team up with Celine’s friends Lea and Cathy to try to break the couple up in order to bring things back to the old status quo, and to prevent the couple from playing matchmaker with them. This not only puts Jon and Celine’s relationship to the test, but the very fate of love in the world is made to hang in the balance.
Love is always sweet in the beginning. But what happens to your world after you leave Eden?
After Eden is one of the earliest works of award-winning comic creator Arnold Arre. This updated version features new dialogue and scenes that brings the story closer to Arre’s intended vision, remastering an old fan-favorite story for a new generation of readers and lovers.
• 268 pages
• black and white
• one-shot special
• for mature readers
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This edition published by Nautilus Comics in 2016
1st edition After Eden published by Anino Comics, an imprint of Adarna House in 2002
THE CONTINUING ADVENTURES OF MAN AND WOMAN
“After Eden is a love story that involves six people, serendipitous weather disturbances, and the minions of heaven and hell. It is, by turns, strange, hilarious and heartbreaking — a story that somehow manages to be complex and yet pure and simple at the same time. It is also the best thing Arnold Arre has done so far, and that’s really saying something, considering that he’s won National Book Awards for his previous works, The Mythology Class and Trip to Tagaytay. Arnold has truths to tell about love, friendship, loyalty and betrayal, and he tells them with an eloquence — in words and pictures — that is all his own.”
– Luis Joaquin M. Katigbak, author of Happy Endings
“What happens when seesaws and Sesame Street gives way to long talks over Starbucks cups and the complications of grown-up relationships? After Eden is a story of what happens after we shed innocence and step into the big, scary world. It’s not easy for a man and a woman to find each other, much less keep the relationship alive. But Arre’s story–told in simple but expressive lines, and in words that are variously tender and sharp–is ultimately a story of hope and belief in love. So it’s mushy, yes. But you and I both know that we’re all secretly cheering on the lovers in his story, because each of us is an Adam and an Eve, looking to find one another.”
– Kristine D. Fonacier, editor, MTV Ink
“…another comic book masterpiece! After Eden is a delightful tale of love in all its glory and uncertainties. Arre’s mastery of the comic form as a medium to convey his stories adds a unique and refreshing twist to this one-of-a-kind opus. A must-have for all you love-struck romantics and comic book aficionados out there!”
– Taga-Ilog, Culture Crash
“No tikbalangs or engkantos, no futuristic cityscapes or flying cars. But the absence of these trappings doesn’t make Arnold Arre’s drama-comedy opus After Eden any less magical and enthralling.”
– Marco Dimaano, writer/artist, Angel Ace