A Gospel Story

A Raw Vision of
How Christianity Began

A brand-new
graphic novel

This book is a daring
look at the Jesus of history:
His heart,
his passion,
his humanity…

And it’s a cracking adventure
set in the Holy Land—
with wise prophets, sneaky thieves
and ruthless Romans!

Challenge everything
you know about Jesus

Take a deep dive into history,
and discover what the message
of ‘God’s Kingdom’ once
meant in a violent empire.


Find New Meaning in Jesus’ Message

It all started with a simple question:

What was the real message of Jesus all about?

Since then it has become my passion to explore Christian origins
and tell the New Testament story in a hard-hitting and realistic way.

I’m excited to now present you THE REIGN OF GOD comic series,
hoping that it will help you find new meaning in Jesus’ message and life.

Issey Fujishima is a Japanese German artist based in Melbourne
and the creative force behind this book.


The Beginning of an Epic Story

27 AD

With his country in turmoil, the mysterious Yochanan (John the Baptist) calls the people of Israel to clean their hearts in the Jordan river and await God’s great renewal.

As Yochanan speaks truth to the corrupt temple priests and scandal-ridden prince Herod, rumors spread he could be the long-awaited Messiah…

Shimon, a youth tormented by a violent past, is drawn to his charisma and the promise of a new world. And he is touched by Yeshua (Jesus) from Galilee, one of Yochanan’s disciples.

But Yeshua and Yochanan disagree on what God’s will: to simply wait until the Kingdom of Heaven arrives, or to go to Jerusalem and confront the authorities?

All of this is told by Shimon as an old man in 70 AD, when war is waging in Judea and Jerusalem is at the brink of destruction…


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About the Book

Moving Story,
Beautiful Art

The story unfolds on 180 pages (6 chapters) of black-and-white ink drawings, including a mosaic map of ancient Judea.

Many describe the narrative style and the art as a mixture of Western comics and Japanese manga.


Focus on

THE REIGN OF GOD shows major characters from the Bible as real, conflicted humans: Jesus, John the Baptist, and disciples like Andrew, Simon and Judas.

Another timeline features the historian Josephus and the Roman Emperor’s son Titus during the Judea-Roman War.



Who was Jesus before the Bible? Great care went into the correct historical and cultural depiction, with open-minded research.

5 additional pages of notes detail the history of the Holy Land and Judean society during the ‘Second Temple Period.’



The book has been produced and self-published by Issey Fujishima over the course of 3 years.

He also wrote, painted, edited, lettered and researched the entire book by himself as an independent artist. It’s his first graphic novel project.


I believe the Jesus of history was
a man of incredible courage.
Creating this book,
I fell in love with him again—
the maverick hungry for justice,
the poet caring for the
most neglected people on earth.
His way is one of
radical transformation through love.

Issey Fujishima
The Reign of God Author

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