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The Mythology Class is a graphic novel written and illustrated by Filipino comic creator Arnold Arre. It was originally published by the author under his own Tala Comics Publishing in four issues in 1999, and was collected into a special edition by Adarna House in September of 2005. The story centers on University of the Philippines Anthropology student Nicole Lacson, a gir The Mythology Class is a graphic novel written and illustrated by Filipino comic creator Arnold Arre. It was originally published by the author under his own Tala Comics Publishing in four issues in 1999, and was collected into a special edition by Adarna House in September of 2005. The story centers on University of the Philippines Anthropology student Nicole Lacson, a girl who holds a passionate love for Filipino myths passed down from her grandfather. Together with a motley assortment of companions, she meets the mysterious Mrs. Enkanta and races to recapture enkantos (supernatural creatures) who have escaped and are causing havoc in the human world. The story also references historical and mythological Filipino heroes like Kubin, Sulayman and Lam-ang. (from http://en.wikipilipinas.org/)


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The Mythology Class is a graphic novel written and illustrated by Filipino comic creator Arnold Arre. It was originally published by the author under his own Tala Comics Publishing in four issues in 1999, and was collected into a special edition by Adarna House in September of 2005. The story centers on University of the Philippines Anthropology student Nicole Lacson, a gir The Mythology Class is a graphic novel written and illustrated by Filipino comic creator Arnold Arre. It was originally published by the author under his own Tala Comics Publishing in four issues in 1999, and was collected into a special edition by Adarna House in September of 2005. The story centers on University of the Philippines Anthropology student Nicole Lacson, a girl who holds a passionate love for Filipino myths passed down from her grandfather. Together with a motley assortment of companions, she meets the mysterious Mrs. Enkanta and races to recapture enkantos (supernatural creatures) who have escaped and are causing havoc in the human world. The story also references historical and mythological Filipino heroes like Kubin, Sulayman and Lam-ang. (from http://en.wikipilipinas.org/)

30 review for The Mythology Class: A Graphic Novel

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    I heard about this from my book club friends around two years ago, but it was already out of print so I knew my only chances of reading this was borrowing it from someone. Of course, that plan never materialized because it wasn't such a high priority book for me. Come Komikon 2014, I saw some friends carrying copies of the new editions of The Mythology Class during the book discussions so I made a mental note to get it afterwards. So I did (and was pleasantly surprised that Arnold Arre was there I heard about this from my book club friends around two years ago, but it was already out of print so I knew my only chances of reading this was borrowing it from someone. Of course, that plan never materialized because it wasn't such a high priority book for me. Come Komikon 2014, I saw some friends carrying copies of the new editions of The Mythology Class during the book discussions so I made a mental note to get it afterwards. So I did (and was pleasantly surprised that Arnold Arre was there and he drew me when I asked him to sign my copy :D), and told myself I'd read it perhaps during the long December vacation. But I couldn't wait, so I read it today. Halfway through reading, I didn't want it to end. A few hours later, I was done, and now I understand why my friends were raving about this. The Mythology Class is so, so good. I loved all the characters and their quirkiness. I love the idea of a group of kids called on a quest that brings them into the world of Philippine myth and folklore. I loved everything about this, and I felt good chills and part sadness when I reached the end because I really didn't want this to end. It's so, so, good. :) Don't forget the stories I've told you. Can you do that for Lolo? For who knows, maybe someday you might find yourself in one of them.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jedi JC Daquis

    The Mythology Class is a testament of two things: it shows the potential of good-quality Filipino graphic literature and the richness of Philippine mythology and folklore. It is a well-researched and fully realized work of Arnold Arre, one of the top-caliber writer/artists here in the Philippines. This thick volume tells the story of a group of youngsters in their quest to capture all the mythical beasts that are released into this world. Guided by some ancient epic characters, this "class" must The Mythology Class is a testament of two things: it shows the potential of good-quality Filipino graphic literature and the richness of Philippine mythology and folklore. It is a well-researched and fully realized work of Arnold Arre, one of the top-caliber writer/artists here in the Philippines. This thick volume tells the story of a group of youngsters in their quest to capture all the mythical beasts that are released into this world. Guided by some ancient epic characters, this "class" must fight their way to save the world from a looming dark invasion. The plot may have been the world's most used superhero/fantasy trope you have ever seen. It felt like Scooby-doo meets Fantastic Beasts meets Ghostbusters. But this is not my biggest gripe with The Mythology Class. It's that the characters are some of the most underdeveloped, cut-out, generic characters I have ever read. Their stories are so uninsipired and uninteresting that I wished the book could have gone back to its beast-capturing moments. I feel really so bad saying this, but it's a matter of personal opinion. Mythology Class, like most of Arre's works is written in English, which takes away a bit of sincerity in dialogue since we are not really native speakers of the language. But the good thing is that it can be appeciated by a wider audience. Readers who are interested with Philippine mythology and what it has to offer (believe me, our mythology is vast and so rich) must have this graphic novel on their reading list. You may start googling terms like "tikbalang", "kapre", "Lam-Ang" and "Manunggul". You may even fancy writing words using our own "Baybayin" characters. If what you found out makes you at least curious, then grab a copy of this book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nicolo Yu

    The recent Komikon, its tenth iteration and appropriately named Komikon X, saw the one of the most important book launches in recent years. It returned to print arguably the most important modern Philippine graphic novel. For its fifteenth anniversary, Chamber Shell Publishing, through its Nautilus Comics imprint brought back The Mythology Class by Arnold Arre. I heard the hype and the legend behind this book. I figured to be the judge of that with my purchase of this phonebook-like tome from the The recent Komikon, its tenth iteration and appropriately named Komikon X, saw the one of the most important book launches in recent years. It returned to print arguably the most important modern Philippine graphic novel. For its fifteenth anniversary, Chamber Shell Publishing, through its Nautilus Comics imprint brought back The Mythology Class by Arnold Arre. I heard the hype and the legend behind this book. I figured to be the judge of that with my purchase of this phonebook-like tome from the Arre himself. I thought I prepared myself but this book made it so easy to be impressed. This was Arre's first graphic novel but he exhibited such a tremendous mastery of the craft. His storytelling showed that he was ahead of the field almost two decades ago. Easy to see how he romped away with the first ever National Book Award for Graphic Novel in 2000. I thought he had too large a cast but every had a role to fill and he wasted none. True, there were some room for improvement. I could cite the hand lettering but that would be nitpicking. What I do want to see is a colored edition. I've seen recent Arre work and he could do wonder with computer coloring. I would also want to see it as a hardback.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Maria Ella

    GUYS DROP THOSE BORING BOOKS AND READ THIS. NOW! YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED. I REPEAT - YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED Forgive me, I am on high~♥

  5. 5 out of 5

    PurplyCookie

    "But if there is one thing missing from this age... it's magic. The world has changed so much that we started creating our own magic." The story centers on UP anthropology student Nicole Lacson, a girl who holds a passionate love for Filipino myths passed down from her grandfather. Together with a motley assortment of companions, she meets the mysterious Mrs. Enkanta and races to recapture the escaped enkantos (or supernatural creatures) in the human world. The story also invokes historical and "But if there is one thing missing from this age... it's magic. The world has changed so much that we started creating our own magic." The story centers on UP anthropology student Nicole Lacson, a girl who holds a passionate love for Filipino myths passed down from her grandfather. Together with a motley assortment of companions, she meets the mysterious Mrs. Enkanta and races to recapture the escaped enkantos (or supernatural creatures) in the human world. The story also invokes historical and mythological Filipino heroes like Kubin, Sulayman and Lam-ang. Kudos to Arre, who instead of alluding to overused characters of Western lore, he draws from the deep wells of our very own Philippine mythology and has come up with the utterly fantastical "The Mythology Class". It is a local contribution to the local comic book world not to be missed. It has sought to combine Filipino myths and legends with modern humor, action and sensibility and indeed, it has suceeded in more ways than one. Book Details: Title The Mythology Class Author Arnold Arre Reviewed By Purplycookie

  6. 5 out of 5

    DC

    As usual, Arnold Arre does not disappoint. I will always, always remember with a smile the quirky name of this book, "Mythology Class", mostly because it's true. Even though there are interestingly awe-inspiring, incredibly dramatic, definitely heart-pounding events in this book, at the heart of it all we find a band of "students" who learn more about the mythological world of the Philippines. Read this book, if only to reorient yourself in the Filipino tales of old. Read this book, if only to beh As usual, Arnold Arre does not disappoint. I will always, always remember with a smile the quirky name of this book, "Mythology Class", mostly because it's true. Even though there are interestingly awe-inspiring, incredibly dramatic, definitely heart-pounding events in this book, at the heart of it all we find a band of "students" who learn more about the mythological world of the Philippines. Read this book, if only to reorient yourself in the Filipino tales of old. Read this book, if only to behold the awesomeness of Filipino lore and ancient history. Read this book, if only to be carried by a love that... that... Oh, it just brings tears in my eyes to remember that love. The art is great, as usual. The book is a very informative guide to Filipino legendary mythological creatures. The story is really quite gripping, with its action, humor, drama and suspense. (I think I did quite shed a tear in the end.) There's an array of characters, from the smart and simple to the extremely haughty. The storytelling- simply superb. This book is just truly a gem, and an overall wonderful read. [I gave my copy to a friend, so this review is made from memory. It's one of the best books I've ever read, so I'd like to think that I've reviewed this right :)]

  7. 4 out of 5

    Tricia

    Seriously? Slow clap and standing ovation, you guys. I am so disappointed I've only read this now. ANG GALING MO, ARNOLD ARRE. ANG GANDA NITO SOBRA. This book is crafted to relive the now gone and buried mythological stories of our country. I've enjoyed this sobra! I can read this over and over again. It's action-packed, rich in Filipino culture and mythology, the hilarious sense of humor, and amazing art!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Bookbed

    "Anyone who loves Philippine folklore would enjoy Arre’s fantastical and visually mesmerizing story about a motley crew of university students with unique skills and talents who gets caught up in an ancient quest to capture all sorts of magical creatures in urban Metro Manila. Aside from the fantasy elements, there’s also comedy, a whole lot of action and even romance! (Oh, the romance!)" Continue reading our review here. Please note: We don't use ratings but for this purpose, we tag books with t "Anyone who loves Philippine folklore would enjoy Arre’s fantastical and visually mesmerizing story about a motley crew of university students with unique skills and talents who gets caught up in an ancient quest to capture all sorts of magical creatures in urban Metro Manila. Aside from the fantasy elements, there’s also comedy, a whole lot of action and even romance! (Oh, the romance!)" Continue reading our review here. Please note: We don't use ratings but for this purpose, we tag books with three stars by default. Would like to be a reviewer/contributor to Bookbed? Sign up here! We also accept review requests. More info here.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lestat Cayetano

    i had a dream. a ghost lady was calling me and told me i was needed. i, along with a few others had dreamt of the same ghost and were called to attend a particular class. this was the class that helped me get away from it all. the best class i’ve attended yet. short-lived, yet enchanting. so there i was at crack of dawn, roused by the ghost lady’s visit in my dream, found a flyer directing me to the location of this particular class, took a quick shower and went straight to krus na ligas–the venu i had a dream. a ghost lady was calling me and told me i was needed. i, along with a few others had dreamt of the same ghost and were called to attend a particular class. this was the class that helped me get away from it all. the best class i’ve attended yet. short-lived, yet enchanting. so there i was at crack of dawn, roused by the ghost lady’s visit in my dream, found a flyer directing me to the location of this particular class, took a quick shower and went straight to krus na ligas–the venue of our class. there i met my would-be friends who happened to be visited by the same ghost lady (named Tala) while they were sleeping and found the same flyer directing them to krus na ligas. (turned out that the flyers were imaginary. only those people called were able to see and read it.) from there, we were welcomed by our professor, Mrs.Enkanta and were told of our mission: to save the world from mythological creatures presently roaming our land, lest we want some ass-looking dog-forming aswang rule our land (so very happening, ain’t it?). these creatures do not belong to our world, and they need to be returned to theirs. and there i was, together with my extraordinary classmates and Rajah Sulayman, now gray-haired, texted the dawn away, while trying to catch a clan of kapres, hideous manananggals and a kewl concert-attending, stoned, untamed tikbalang. A Tikbalang is a half-horse and half-man creature. Its head is the horse part, and its body is of human form. A Manananggal is a sorceress who has the power to divide her body into two. The Kapre, which is a tall and dark giant, are known to inhabit forests. Kapres tend to smoke tobacco leaves, that is why some superstitious Filipinos living in rural areas are very sensitive about tobacco smell. And that was my Mythology Class. ——————————————– magical/entrancing/lingering. words to describe my latest read, arnold arre’s graphic novel The Mythology Class. finished in one seating, before sunrise. i was entertained, so yes, it was worth the P525 i shelled for this novel–P25 higher when i first saw it (di ko pa kasi binili nun eh!). excellent graphics and visuals. nice dialogue. superb characters–each stood out and displayed their individual talents and gifts. magical setting. beautiful story. (words coming from someone not fond of comic books). for a while i forgot where exactly i was, what exactly is going on. although the setting was never really far from reality (in the novel, the evil’s lair was located at asia’s largest mall–the plaza of the gods, which reminded me so much of henry sy’s pride–the mall of asia), i was taken to the world of people i only hear when i was still in old school: Sulayman, Lam-ang, Maria Makiling, Bathala, even Pedro Penduko. enjoyed every minute, every page. I never realized that Philippine mythology is so rich, the book made me want to learn more about it. Mr.Arre, you rock pare, i will/can never see the noypi folklore the same way again. All of you who want to escape, grab a copy now! Had enough of dog-forming, ass-kissing aswangs? You’ll see more of ‘em in the book. Only, you’ll see how they’re put in their proper place here. Now, that’s rakenrol. (review June 22, 2006).

  10. 4 out of 5

    Teri Pardue

    I find it tricky to track down Arre’s graphic novels, so I was excited to discover a reprint of one of his earlier works at Fully Booked a couple months back! Though Martial Law Babies remains my favorite of his graphic novels, I quickly got lost in Arre’s story that blends Philippine myth and folklore with a modern-day Manila. There is not enough modern literature out there that plays with the tales of tikbalangs and aswangs and heroes like Sulayman. I’m still waiting for a young, bright Filipin I find it tricky to track down Arre’s graphic novels, so I was excited to discover a reprint of one of his earlier works at Fully Booked a couple months back! Though Martial Law Babies remains my favorite of his graphic novels, I quickly got lost in Arre’s story that blends Philippine myth and folklore with a modern-day Manila. There is not enough modern literature out there that plays with the tales of tikbalangs and aswangs and heroes like Sulayman. I’m still waiting for a young, bright Filipino or Filipina author to write riveting young adults books delving into the rich folklore of this country. Unlike the mythology of many countries, this spirit world is still very much alive in the Philippines and the material is vast with the surface barely scratched. I hope aspiring writers follow in Arre’s footsteps and bring these tales to life!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Cortes

    A cast of college students, old aged teachers and a familiar yet a new and extraordinary view of the local mythology, the story introduces us once again to those familiar tales. A time before the battle of Mactan took place. The era where the gods of nature took reign and the enkantos were still believed to be true by many. Mrs. Enkanta, Nicole and the rest of the group will truly be a memorable adventure that Arre has luckily invited us to join. A story written more than a decade ago, the class a A cast of college students, old aged teachers and a familiar yet a new and extraordinary view of the local mythology, the story introduces us once again to those familiar tales. A time before the battle of Mactan took place. The era where the gods of nature took reign and the enkantos were still believed to be true by many. Mrs. Enkanta, Nicole and the rest of the group will truly be a memorable adventure that Arre has luckily invited us to join. A story written more than a decade ago, the class always feels new and old. It's an adventure that Bathala calls all of us to accept. More of my review at: http://onemantra.blogspot.com/2016/02...

  12. 4 out of 5

    Aviecayl Uy

    “The Mythology Class” by Arnold Arre tackles Philippine Mythology, but it is also about how stories stay with us and how we often remember those who we love through the same stories that they narrate to us. There are various characters in here that are worth remembering, and the world that the author has built inside of these pages is a magical one, even nostalgic at times, despite not having the same experiences as the main character and also regardless of one’s belief of whether or not such cr “The Mythology Class” by Arnold Arre tackles Philippine Mythology, but it is also about how stories stay with us and how we often remember those who we love through the same stories that they narrate to us. There are various characters in here that are worth remembering, and the world that the author has built inside of these pages is a magical one, even nostalgic at times, despite not having the same experiences as the main character and also regardless of one’s belief of whether or not such creatures exist. My actual rating for this is 4.25/5 stars.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Billie

    Loved how it referenced Filipino mythology and seamlessly combined it in a modern setting. Would've loved to be immersed more in the mythology's universe but what I've read I loved a lot. This is a very fun read! 👍

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jemimah Bela

    BEST BIRTHDAY PRESENT EVER!!! :D Total must read. I usually feel lethargic when I finish a book I like but coming to the last page of The Mythology Class had me feeling excited and giddy and out of my mind in the best possible way. I enjoyed it thoroughly. Plot's amazing and paced very well though I feel like the story could have benefited from a more drawn out rising action. It felt a little rushed is all. The characters are unique not only in terms of personality, skill and wit but in aesthetics BEST BIRTHDAY PRESENT EVER!!! :D Total must read. I usually feel lethargic when I finish a book I like but coming to the last page of The Mythology Class had me feeling excited and giddy and out of my mind in the best possible way. I enjoyed it thoroughly. Plot's amazing and paced very well though I feel like the story could have benefited from a more drawn out rising action. It felt a little rushed is all. The characters are unique not only in terms of personality, skill and wit but in aesthetics as well. Each character was drawn differently. Kubin had the token angular face with the strong chin and aquiline nose while Nicole had a smaller, round-ish face and a snub nose. I could go on but best find out yourself. My only gripe? I think there's a surplus of characters. Granted, not everyone can have the same amount of "air time" but I forgot about a couple of characters since I can only remember seeing them at the beginning and at the end. The art is clean and the paneling made it easy to read. It doesn't matter if you're into Philippine lore or not, I think everyone will have a blast reading The Mythology Class.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Bomalabs

    Out of all the Goodreads reviews, am I the only one who gave it 3 stars? I don't know, if I probably read it before reading After Eden, or before Trese or Mythspace came, I'll probably rate it higher, but reading it right now - the concept really doesn't feel fresh to me. Or maybe I was just too emotionally invested with Arre's other work, After Eden, and was expecting the same feels. Don't get me wrong though, I'm bummed out every time I had to close the book for I while from reading it during Out of all the Goodreads reviews, am I the only one who gave it 3 stars? I don't know, if I probably read it before reading After Eden, or before Trese or Mythspace came, I'll probably rate it higher, but reading it right now - the concept really doesn't feel fresh to me. Or maybe I was just too emotionally invested with Arre's other work, After Eden, and was expecting the same feels. Don't get me wrong though, I'm bummed out every time I had to close the book for I while from reading it during my morning and evening commute. It was that interesting.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Stephen

    Friend loaned me this book. It's interesting for some background into Filipino mythology. I begin to think something may be wrong with me + graphic novels, but I ... I just don't like them that much. I felt this one had too many one-dimensional characters, the plot seemed to be all over the place, I didn't have much investment in ... well, anything in the book. I guess some interesting art/ideas but ideas that seemed like I should be able to fill in the details or know why this point in the stor Friend loaned me this book. It's interesting for some background into Filipino mythology. I begin to think something may be wrong with me + graphic novels, but I ... I just don't like them that much. I felt this one had too many one-dimensional characters, the plot seemed to be all over the place, I didn't have much investment in ... well, anything in the book. I guess some interesting art/ideas but ideas that seemed like I should be able to fill in the details or know why this point in the story was important: which I couldn't/didn't.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Chrissie Peria

    This was a very engrossing read that I would highly recommend to anyone. It's easy to see how this book helped usher in the current comic scene we're enjoying right now, because it's definitely inspiring, and serves as an eye opener on how you can infuse our rich local mythology and update it to contemporary times. This is required reading, IMO.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jewel

    Actual rating: 3.5 stars

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ivan

    Another masterpiece from Filipino Comic artist/writer Arnold Arre! I remember back in high school when I would wait for my friends at our meeting place at National Bookstore, I'd actually see & try to read this graphic novel. I used to remember how amazed I would be, realizing this was a Filipino Graphic novel about Philippine Mythology! I felt bad that I wasn't able to grab a copy then, since I couldn't afford one (& because I had to prioritize saving my lunch money for PS2 games & Another masterpiece from Filipino Comic artist/writer Arnold Arre! I remember back in high school when I would wait for my friends at our meeting place at National Bookstore, I'd actually see & try to read this graphic novel. I used to remember how amazed I would be, realizing this was a Filipino Graphic novel about Philippine Mythology! I felt bad that I wasn't able to grab a copy then, since I couldn't afford one (& because I had to prioritize saving my lunch money for PS2 games & Mangas! Hahaha) after a few years later this book went out of print. I always hoped to find a copy then hence why I got one of Arre's book "After Eden" w/o hesitations back in 2016! After reading that book & loved how he wrote it very well, I had wished to see a new reprinted version of "The Mythology Class"! When I saw this book again at National Bookstore, I immediately bought it & man do I love it! Definitely his best work! No wonder he won an award for this graphic novel & as what I had mentioned back then, his work definitely deserves to be known internationally! What a great way to introduce Filipino Folklore to the international market! It's so good that while I was reading and admiring his unique art, I would always tell myself that this would be awesome if it was adapted into a highly budgeted movie (which I think is still not possible cause it looks like it's going to be very expensive!) All in all this book highly recommended! All characters are written very well, were given time to shine and even the villains (the Aswangs) were very interesting & fun to read! If you'd ask me what I'd rate this book, I'll give it a perfect 10. But of course like any other works by Arre, his art is not always everyone's cup of tea. But for some reason whenever you read his works, you get sucked into the story & the art just adjusts along the way even ending up being perfect for it's own unique way. I guess that's the magic of his talent & skills as a story teller! 📚🖒👏 P.S. and yes it is in English just like other works from Arre, for those who were wondering.. hehehe

  20. 4 out of 5

    Maricar Dizon

    SO. SO. GOOD. This graphic novel stole my heart. I love, love, Philippine Mythology and I have been collecting books about it for the past year. The Mythology Class was actually recommended by a friend for some time now but it took me months before I found it in the bookstore. So without second thoughts, I bought it. And now it was already one of my most prized treasures. The art was good, the dialogues were fantastic and the story itself was so beautiful it will make anyone fall in love with Ph SO. SO. GOOD. This graphic novel stole my heart. I love, love, Philippine Mythology and I have been collecting books about it for the past year. The Mythology Class was actually recommended by a friend for some time now but it took me months before I found it in the bookstore. So without second thoughts, I bought it. And now it was already one of my most prized treasures. The art was good, the dialogues were fantastic and the story itself was so beautiful it will make anyone fall in love with Phil Mythology. I had to read as slowly as I can because I don't want it to end yet. It was actually a long story but I want more. haha. I want to recommend this graphic novel to EVERYONE. Read this guys! As in now na. ps: it was announced some time ago that there will be a movie adaptation of The Mythology Class and it will be directed by the director of the hit historical movie Heneral Luna. I am excited and I am hoping that the movie version is as kick-ass and as amazing as the book!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Rae

    This comic book fuses a rendition of Filipino Mythology and modern settings to create an action-fulfilled fiction story. It is based on a group college students being recruited by descendants of Bantugan to train, fight, and work together to capture mythical creatures that’ve escaped into their era. Fair warning, this book does contain sensitive material and it’s a long read, but I found the artwork and accurate depictions/portrayals of the creatures intriguing enough to keep me interested in it This comic book fuses a rendition of Filipino Mythology and modern settings to create an action-fulfilled fiction story. It is based on a group college students being recruited by descendants of Bantugan to train, fight, and work together to capture mythical creatures that’ve escaped into their era. Fair warning, this book does contain sensitive material and it’s a long read, but I found the artwork and accurate depictions/portrayals of the creatures intriguing enough to keep me interested in it till the end. There’s also mild use of Tagalog, but if you can’t translate or understand, it won’t take away from the book overall. (:

  22. 5 out of 5

    Magsi Rover

    Mystical, Quirky, Fun and definitely a must-read. Arnold Arre's Mythology Class pretty much transported me into my childhood. While regrettably I may had the opportunity to read his works from way back. I am fortunate to experience the story of Mythology Class. The whole story is simple and yet, filled with educational to interestingly studied trivias of our Filipino Heritage which allows the reader to enjoy the wonders of Philippine Mythology. All pages and panels were carefully drawn and thoug Mystical, Quirky, Fun and definitely a must-read. Arnold Arre's Mythology Class pretty much transported me into my childhood. While regrettably I may had the opportunity to read his works from way back. I am fortunate to experience the story of Mythology Class. The whole story is simple and yet, filled with educational to interestingly studied trivias of our Filipino Heritage which allows the reader to enjoy the wonders of Philippine Mythology. All pages and panels were carefully drawn and thought about-- which helped to share the story to the readers. The pairings and lessons were timeless as it was filled with humor.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mary Zambales

    Now this is a meaty graphic novel. Graphic novels for me are usually quick reads, which is good, but sometimes I'm left wanting more details. The Mythology Class, on the other hand, does not skimp on said details, so you get a rich story.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Hope Ong

    I now get it why this book is responsible for spearheading the current komiks scene in the Philippines. A few pages into the book, it really did made me go, "I want to make komiks as awesome as this!"

  25. 5 out of 5

    Dessylyly

    I can't help but think how amazing it would be to have The Mythology Class as a fantasy tv series (it's getting a movie adaptation thought yay!), imagine having this kind of quality content shown instead of yung mga typical teleserye. It would inspire people to get in touch with our own mythology again and grabe, imagine kung mala-Hollywood yung effects and shit??? Lmao let me dream. Pero yeah it was a quick, fun read na talagang nakakastimulate ng imagination. The characters weren't particularl I can't help but think how amazing it would be to have The Mythology Class as a fantasy tv series (it's getting a movie adaptation thought yay!), imagine having this kind of quality content shown instead of yung mga typical teleserye. It would inspire people to get in touch with our own mythology again and grabe, imagine kung mala-Hollywood yung effects and shit??? Lmao let me dream. Pero yeah it was a quick, fun read na talagang nakakastimulate ng imagination. The characters weren't particularly remarkable- yung love stories medyo meh. Misha and Rey provided the humour and I think Nuno's father/daughter(?) relationship with Gina was also heartwarming.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kahlil☀

    3.5 I feel like one book isn't enough. I want to get to know more of the other characters.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Christa绮思

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Greek and Roman mythology, Japanese mythology, Norse mythology, a lot has been written about mythology from other countries. Here in the Philippines, there are books written about it, and the whispers of older adults carry stories about creatures in the province that can carry babes off into the night. Or about the dangers of pregnant women driving on their own in the evening. Maybe I’ve just been ignorant about majority of these stories or published novels, or maybe I didn’t pay too much attent Greek and Roman mythology, Japanese mythology, Norse mythology, a lot has been written about mythology from other countries. Here in the Philippines, there are books written about it, and the whispers of older adults carry stories about creatures in the province that can carry babes off into the night. Or about the dangers of pregnant women driving on their own in the evening. Maybe I’ve just been ignorant about majority of these stories or published novels, or maybe I didn’t pay too much attention to them when I was younger. Meet The Mythology Class, a graphic novel by artist Arnold Arre on creatures in Philippine myths and legends. Like tales of superheroes saving the world, The Mythology Class is one such novel, except that our heroes are not endowed with supernatural powers that allow them super strength or the gift of flight. Instead, we meet a bunch of college students who happen to be embroiled in a centuries-old war between humans and the mythical realm. In the story, this group of students are tasked with the responsibility of capturing mythical creatures that have escaped from their realm into ours, causing destruction and wreaking havoc on the balance between worlds. Working together with well-known characters from lore who work as partners and guides to these students, they are put to the task of bringing balance to the world without letting normal humans know of their mission, let alone discover the realm of the fantasy and magical. The Mythology Class introduces to the reader, the realm of the magical. Very much like the heroes of the story, who fought against believing that these creatures do exist, readers start from disbelieving to meeting the creatures that make-up Philippine lore. The author/artist does a great job of introducing the reader to the various creatures and characters, without making the assumption that they already know who and what they are. The introduction of the story, the mission, and other parts to it, really fit well into the storyline crafted for the novel. The art is done well – not too detailed yet not too rough or crude. The author/artist does well in imagining and putting into drawing the characters (giving each one their own identity and personality/characteristic) while giving the creatures a sense of mystery and even creepiness (a trait you will definitely find in many local mythological beings). Set in Manila, it gives the reader a sense of really being in the capital, without confusing it with other big cities around the world. The dialogue throughout the graphic novel was informative, entertaining, and at times hilarious. It is simple when it needs to be, and detailed when it is required. At the same time, it makes it quite local, adding in local phrases and slang, and even Tagalog words here and there. In terms of story, I initially compared this novel to that of the Italian comic W.I.T.C.H., though with less supernatural powers. I personally thought the main storyline was quite well done, and made so much sense -unknown heroes finding their mission, doing their responsibility, unbeknownst to most of the outside world, and then inevitably saving it. I have to say though that I was a little iffy about the love story that they tried to add into it. That was one part which I felt, though it had some supporting panels that built up to it, was still something not I could believe could realistically happen within the story. Also, somehow, part of me wished there were more creatures and missions that the artist included in the first half of the novel, to really introduce readers to Philippine folklore. Still, when I look at it overall, it was an interesting and funny read. To a Filipino, or one familiar with local folklore and quirks, it would be hard not to appreciate such a novel.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jennie Elloran

    The Mythology Class was first released in 1999. I was just nine years old then, and the only form of komiks I knew was the kind that sidewalk vendors lend to customers for like P3.00 per read. But I've been fascinated with Philippine mythology since I was a kid. This fascination grew enormously when I discovered its integration to the world of Pinoy komiks about five years ago. Then, I stumbled upon The Mythology Class. As I read through the blurbs and introductions to the book, I learned that i The Mythology Class was first released in 1999. I was just nine years old then, and the only form of komiks I knew was the kind that sidewalk vendors lend to customers for like P3.00 per read. But I've been fascinated with Philippine mythology since I was a kid. This fascination grew enormously when I discovered its integration to the world of Pinoy komiks about five years ago. Then, I stumbled upon The Mythology Class. As I read through the blurbs and introductions to the book, I learned that in a niche specializing in Philippine mythos and lower mythology, Mr. Arnold Arre's The Mythology Class is an institution. Mr. Arre has created this enchanting world of wonder and terror years before Mr. Budjette Tan and Mr. Kajo Baldisimo created the ultra badass world of Trese. That's why I feel fortunate to get a copy of the book's second edition and privileged to be one of the readers to recommend this incredible story to future generations of comic book readers. I'm not confident in giving expert reviews on anything, so I'll just paste Mr. Manix Abrera's blurb for the book here. I hope he doesn't mind. :) "Noong nabasa ko ang The Mythology Class ni Arnold Arre, nakita ko talaga ang kapangyarihan ng komiks, at ang kapangyarihan ng napakagandang kwento na naikwento sa napakagandang paraan. "Isa ito sa mga librong pinakamamahal ko, nakapagbigay inspirasyon; isang libro na maiisip mong napakaswerte mo at nabasa mo ito. "Hindi lang siya kasi ang kwentong pagkatapos mo mabasa, okay ka na; ito yung tipong mapapaisip ka, na ang sarap maging Pilipino, ang sarap maging tao, ang sarap makadama, ang sarap malaman na marami pa tayong makakalap at maipapamahagi sa sangkalawakan."

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nikka Calindas

    My only regret was that I never heard of this graphic novel when I was in first year high school (1999). That being said, I'm glad that I finally got a copy of this hard-to-find series when I have almost given up hope. The Mythology Class is a perfect blend of Filipino myth, fantasy, comedy and a little romance when the heroes are not busy fighting kapres, manananggals, imps and the deadly aswangs. I remember reading the epic stories of Lam-ang, Sulayman, Bantugan and Handiong when I was in grade My only regret was that I never heard of this graphic novel when I was in first year high school (1999). That being said, I'm glad that I finally got a copy of this hard-to-find series when I have almost given up hope. The Mythology Class is a perfect blend of Filipino myth, fantasy, comedy and a little romance when the heroes are not busy fighting kapres, manananggals, imps and the deadly aswangs. I remember reading the epic stories of Lam-ang, Sulayman, Bantugan and Handiong when I was in grade school, and reading this tale with some of the most bad-ass epic heroes working along side Nicole, Lane, Lisa, Misha, Gina, Angie, Rey, Bob, Edward, Sam, and Gio makes me want to go to UP Diliman and enroll in Mrs. Enkanta's class. And to think that this series originally came out in 1999, way before the Trese craze started. It's definitely mind-blowing.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Earl

    Wait, is it really a trend today that we explore our old myths, which say much about us as Filipinos? In that case, I consider this book to be a must-read for those who love Filipino comic books. A lot of things here show us not only about our myths, legends, and heroes of old but also the way we live as Filipinos. Add panels full of action, comedy, and a bit of drama, and you are in for the ride. But then, I say the same thing as with other Filipino graphic novels that depict myths, maybe with T Wait, is it really a trend today that we explore our old myths, which say much about us as Filipinos? In that case, I consider this book to be a must-read for those who love Filipino comic books. A lot of things here show us not only about our myths, legends, and heroes of old but also the way we live as Filipinos. Add panels full of action, comedy, and a bit of drama, and you are in for the ride. But then, I say the same thing as with other Filipino graphic novels that depict myths, maybe with Trese as an exception: Christianity has largely been part of our history and it has contributed to a lot of myths and legends (and the re-narrating of old ones) in our country today. Why not harness the great power of Christian narrative in our country and integrate it with the way we see society, our stories, and our history today?

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