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in Kurt Busiek's Astro City
Winged Victory, a "Wonder Woman" analogue, is the greatest superheroine in the world, as depicted in Kurt Busiek's Astro City series of comics.
As portrayed in Astro City: Confession (which focuses on the devout Catholic superhero "Confessor"), Winged Victory is openly and vocally anti-Catholic.
From: "Religious Inclinations of heroes" message board, started 1 March 2005 on StarDestroyer.net website (http://bbs.stardestroyer.net/viewtopic.php?t=63632&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=25; viewed 8 June 2006):
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?
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.
Posted: Wed Mar 02, 2005 3:43 pm
Just read it [Astro City: Confession] actually. Very cool.
Winged Victory appears to be less than a fan of Catholicism, and I'd assume that as a Wonder Woman analogue she's either linked to another pantheon or a variant on Christianity. Shadow Hill appears to be influenced by older, darker religions (was that Cthulu the Hanged Man was wrestling?)
[editor: Shadow Hill is not where Winged Victory lives, but is a section of Astroy City that features prominently in Astro City: Confession.]
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