The Religious Affiliation of Comic Book Character
created and chronicled by Joseph Michael Linsner
The character known as "Dawn" in Joseph Michael Linsner's comic book series of the same title was first Sophie Bangs, and later Stacia Vanderveer.
From: Rebecca Salek, "Spirituality In Comics", on "Sequential Tart" website (http://www.sequentialtart.com/archive/dec03/tth_1203.shtml; viewed 5 January 2006):
For many people. December is a month which contains celebrations of religious, spiritual or cultural significance. For many people. December is a month which contains celebrations of religious, spiritual or cultural significance. In recognition of that, this month the Tarts pick out what they consider to be the best representations of spirituality in comic books...
Katherine: Spirituality and religion is often handled in an extremely juvenile and well, stupid, way in mainstream comics. Avengelyne being the classic. I still think it's one of the funniest comics ever published, largely because its creators really meant it.
That said, DC offered readers one of the finest religious-themed comics ever published back in the 1990s. I'm talking about John Ostrander's run on Spectre...
The final comic with religious themes in it that I'm able to read and enjoy (okay, it does get a smidge preachy every now and again) is Dawn. The universe created by Linsner manages to marry both Pagan and Christian themes. Life and Death/Good and Evil. I cannot stress enough that Dawn is not some T&A book; it's Linsner's platform for wrestling with the big questions in life on both a spiritual and personal level. The chapter of the "Lucifer's Halo" story line where Dawn visits hell is stunning in its richness. (And the rest of Dawn: Lucifer's Halo is solid from start to finish.)
From: "Dawn (comics)" article on Wikipedia website (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dawn_(comics); viewed 5 January 2006):
Dawn is a popular comic book character created by Joseph Michael Linsner. She is an earth/fertility Birth and Rebirth Goddess and the lover of Death. She is depicted in a voluptuous style with three "tears" running from her left eye.
Dawn is the guardian of earth witches and protects them in times of need, their devotion and praise empowers her.
She takes the god of Death and all things dying as her lover and roams the planes as a free-spirited goddess. Her tears are warming but their meaning is not well known. Why does Dawn only have one eye visible? In the years of the witch hunt, it was fabled that only Witches could cry out of their left eye. Ever changing, her clothes and appearance, outwardly defining her feelings within.
Drama is the first color story Linsner produced, and that Dawn actually appears in (besides being on the covers). It provides her back-story. It tells of the young goddess meeting with Death and how he takes away her innocence, and grants her knowledge of Heaven and Hell and of what lies beyond. By taking Dawn as his spouse Death grants her ability to travel to any plane and dimension she wish. The end of the story leaves a wiser but less innocent goddess. The pain of what she's experienced and her lost innocence is a constant reminder in the trademark three tears running from her left eye.
These are the three books [Spectre; Lucifer; Dawn] that come to mind that I believe will not insult the reader's intelligence in terms of their treatment of the sacred and profane.
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