The Religious Affiliation of Comic Book Character
BattlePope is a member of the Catholic Church.
From: "Battle Pope #1: The Full Issue" page on Newsarama.com website (http://www.newsarama.com/ImageComics/BattlePope/BattlePope01issue.htm; viewed 6 April 2006):
Battle Pope #1: The Full Issue Continuing our looks at full first issues of recent Image Comics, up today, the color reprint of Battle Pope #1, which originally shipped in June, 2005.
The solicitation for the issue reads:
written by ROBERT KIRKMAN
art & cover by TONY MOORE
When he's not leadin' mass, he's out kickin' ass! After the Rapture the sole protector of the sinning masses is Battle Pope, and his trusty sidekick, Jesus. They're the last line of defense in a world overrun with demons and depravity. Reprinting ROBERT KIRKMAN's first published work, now in stunning full color, with a brand new cover by original artist TONY MOORE and original cover colorist VAL STAPLES. Just in time for the book's Fifth Anniversary!
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):
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?
I'm looking forward to Battle Pope clix, myself.
From: "Where are the Christian Superheroes?" forum discussion page started 22 August 2006 on Newsarama website (http://forum.newsarama.com/archive/index.php/t-81451.html; viewed 5 May 2007):
08-22-2006, 10:03 AM
...I pose the question to you, my fellow Talk@Ramanians: If Christianity is the most popular faith in the United States, why aren't there more openly Christian superheroes?
[Somebody posted a picture of a cover of an issue of BattlePope.]
08-22-2006, 12:02 PM
You have no idea at how close I was to get Battle Pope to be used as the unoffical mascot of my Catholic high schools youth ministry team. So. Darn. Close.
From: "Religion of Comic Book Characters" forum discussion, started 29 March 2006 on AllSpark.com website (http://www.allspark.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=4168; viewed 1 June 2007):
post Mar 29 2006, 08:38 AM
I found this great resource entirely by accident:
post Mar 29 2006, 06:29 PM
What about Battle Pop and his sidekick Jesus?
A lot of these are neat, and how the religion of comic book characters is so rarely mentioned for some characters, but other characters can't go more than ten minutes without showing up at a church. I mean I would have never guessed Robin to be a Jew. But now I know he is, and yet I'm not sure that makes any difference.
From: "MSNBC talks religion of superheroes" forum discussion started 15 June 2006 on BKV.TV website (http://www.bkv.tv/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?p=117679&sid=4ea823f1318d399750740ae4287a02f5; viewed 6 June 2007):
Brian K. Vaughan
Posted: Thu Jun 15, 2006 12:22 pm
MSNBC talks religion of superheroes
Also references this page: http://www.beliefnet.com/features/comicbookfaith.html
...PS. I love the fact that Adherents actually included Battle Pope. Laughing
From: "Question about Magneto" forum discussion, started 12 May 2006 on "Giant in the Playground" website (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/archive/index.php/t-15296.html; viewed 17 July 2007):
The Vorpal Tribble
05-12-2006, 11:31 PM
What's funny is there's a site somewhere that lists the majority of comic book characters by religion, because apparently they each had one.
Just found it:
05-12-2006, 11:38 PM
I find it difficult to believe there was a superhero named 'Catholic Man'.
Or 'Catholic Girl', 'BattlePope' or 'SuperPope'.
The Vorpal Tribble
05-12-2006, 11:42 PM
Well, it looks like some of these comics are from less than widespread organizations, and some are purely religious comics, so... who knows ;)
05-13-2006, 09:34 AM
And just because I love it so much, yes there is a BattlePope. Kirkman's first published comic (I think). It's not particularly religious (apart from all the demons, God, Jesus and popes... hmmm...) It's about a pope who was left on earth after the rapture because of all his bad habits (whoring high on the list.) It's stupid and offensive, but pretty funny.
05-14-2006, 12:43 AM
I've seen issue's of Battlepope.
From: "Comics and Faith/Religion" forum discussion, started 12 August 2007 on Jinxworld website (http://www.606studios.com/bendisboard/showthread.php?t=122876; viewed 18 August 2007):
08-12-2007, 08:30 PM
I am looking for some new comics, or old ones I've missed, dealing with faith and religion. So far I have... I am looking more for mini-series. It need not be pro- or anti- religion, I am open to both. Suggestions?
08-12-2007, 09:28 PM
[Posts image: cover of Battle Pope: Wrath of God trade paperback.]
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