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Brian Kinney
Altar Boy
Confessor's sidekick in Kurt Busiek's Astro City
(later known as the second "Confessor")


Confessor was definitely a priest, and he lived a massive cathedral. But I recently read somebody describe him as an "Anglican priest" and I got to thinking that maybe that's right. I'm working on re-reading the comics featuring Confessor and Altar Boy to see if a determination can be made either way.

Brian Kinney, who was better known as "Altar Boy," was the sidekick of the Astro City superhero known as "Confessor." After Confessor died heroically while protecting his city, Altar Boy trained further and became the new "Confessor."

The original Confessor (whose real name was Jeremiah Parrish) was Catholic priest before being unwillingly turned into a vampire. He channeled his vampiric powers and temptations into becoming a costumed adventurer. Although Parrish retired from active pastoral duties, he remained an ordained priest and a devout Catholic until he died.

Brian Kinney appears to only have been a nominal Christian. He was apparently a Catholic, although this is not entirely clear. Kinney was not particularly excited about the "Altar Boy" codename and costumed identity whe Confessor first proposed it. But Confessor didn't really give him much choice in the matter if Brian wanted to be his sidekick.

For more information, see: http://villemezbrown.home.att.net/lwybm/rslook28.html

Discussion

From: "Catholic Clix - Comic info needed!" forum discussion started 3 May 2003 on HCRealms website (http://www.hcrealms.com/forum/archive/index.php/t-40338.html; viewed 24 May 2007):

thornnspear
05/03/2003, 21:04

Ok, so in recent films it's been apparent that Daredevil and Nightcrawler are Catholic...

So, who else out there could be fielded in a "Catholic" Heroclix team?


Hatut Zeraze
05/04/2003, 23:42

Cool clix they could make that might fit the bill could come from Astro City: The Confessor and Altar Boy would certainly apply. The Crossbreed might, although, I picture those guys more as non-denominational Christians.

From: "Religious Inclinations of heroes" message board, started 1 March 2005 on StarDestroyer.net website (http://bbs.stardestroyer.net/viewtopic.php?t=63632; viewed 8 June 2006):

Stravo
Posted: Tue Mar 01, 2005 6:38 pm

Post subject: Religious Inclinations of heroes

What about other heroes? I notice religion rarely plays a part in mainstream superhero comics (absent things like the Vertigo line) but have you ever picked up on hints or outright admissions by some heroes as to their religious inclinations?

Seems that atheistic heroes are as rare in comics as in real life. If they are religious it's a sort Judaeo-Christian wishy washy sort of religion... Any other examples of guesses?


Battlehymn Republic
Posted: Tue Mar 01, 2005 7:57 pm

Perhaps I should make a thread only about the comic or religious comics in general, but has anyone read Astro City: Confession? The main character is Altar Boy, the sidekick of the Confessor, who's Catholic. There's also a born-again bunch named the Crossbreed.

From: "Religions of super heroes" forum discussion page started 14 August 2006 on "Wizard Universe" website (http://wizarduniverse.invisionzone.com/lofiversion/index.php/t1595.html; viewed 25 April 2007):

G:The Last Man
Aug 15 2006, 09:46 AM

Astro City had a pretty cool religious superhero duo!

I always thought that the Confessor and Altar Boy were great superheroes that tied in heavily to Catholic religion... A priest who at the same time was a vampire was an interesting twist!!!

From: "Legion of Atheist Super-Heroes" forum discussion, started 17 November 2006 on "Comic Book Resources" website (http://forums.comicbookresources.com/archive/index.php/t-152692.html; viewed 30 May 2007):

ultramandingo
11-17-2006, 05:19 PM

http://www.ComicBookReligion.com

http://www.adherents.com/lit/comics/comic_book_religion.html


Fish Sauce
11-18-2006, 04:30 AM

They really need to put Astro City's Confessor in there somewhere. If that's not religious, I don't know what is.

I mean he called his sidekick Altar Boy.

See also:
http://www.getreligion.org/?p=1679


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