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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:
True Faith

I am aware of Old Testament, Lucifer and Preacher, but I am looking more for mini-series. It need not be pro- or anti- religion, I am open to both. Suggestions?

08-12-2007, 08:35 PM
Jef UK

Preacher ends and should be read.

08-12-2007, 08:36 PM

[Posts image: cover of Journey into Mystery #104, featuring The Mighty Thor. Cover captions: "The most dramatic hero of all time! The pride of the Marvel Group!" and "Nothing you have ever seen before can equal the breath-taking spectacle 'Giants Walk the Earth!'"]

08-12-2007, 08:40 PM
Pablo Diaz

Rob Liefeld's IThe Godissey

08-12-2007, 08:43 PM

Visitations by Scott Morse

08-12-2007, 08:38 PM

re: "Preacher ends and should be read."

Why is this?

08-12-2007, 09:24 PM
Jef UK

re: "Why is this?"

I think it's [Preacher] one of the best comics ever produced ever ever.

08-12-2007, 08:44 PM
Modok Gas

Newsarama had a complete issue of David: Shepherd Song posted on their website. It's a nicely illustrated comic of David as a shepherd boy. I think it's collected in a trade or something.

Anyway, here's the link:

08-12-2007, 09:26 PM

[Posts image: cover of New Gods #1, by Jack Kirby.]

08-12-2007, 09:28 PM

[Posts image: cover of Battle Pope: Wrath of God trade paperback.]


08-12-2007, 09:29 PM

[Posts image: cover of Warrior Nun Areala: Portraits No. 1 (March 1998).]

08-12-2007, 09:31 PM

re: "Visitations by Scott Morse"

That's what I thought when I saw the thread title. I greatly recommend this book.

08-12-2007, 09:32 PM

[Posts image: cover of Lobo's Back No. 4, which portays Lobo as an angel, complete with a golden halo over his head and broad angel wings. Nevertheless, Lobo has a menacing look on his face and wields a large gun. The caption reads: "Our Lobo, Who Art in Heaven"]

Lobo's Back #4: showing Lobo as an angel in Heaven

08-12-2007, 09:33 PM

Midnight Nation by JMS, sorta.

08-12-2007, 09:35 PM
Villaginger Idiot

re: "Midnight Nation by JMS, sorta."

Still a very good book regardless.

08-12-2007, 09:34 PM

[Posts image: cover of JLA: Act of God trade paperback.]

08-12-2007, 09:34 PM

[Posts image: cover of Godland: Book One: Cosmic Wheels in Motion, by Joe Casey, Tom Scioli and Bill Crabtree.]

08-12-2007, 09:35 PM

Does Cerebus count?

08-12-2007, 09:35 PM

[Posts image: cover of True Story: Swear to God, by Tom Beland, which has the caption: "The Rain Kept Falling."]

08-12-2007, 09:36 PM

[Posts image: cover of Jesus comic, by Al Hartley.]


08-12-2007, 09:42 PM

[Posts image: cover of Man of the Atom, by Warren Ellis and Darick Robertson.]

08-12-2007, 09:43 PM
The Human Target

Lucifer and Preacher both have ends.

And Battle Pope rules!

08-12-2007, 09:45 PM

[Posts image: cover of The Golden Plates, by Mike Allred. Captions: "Volume Three: The Lord of the Vineyard and Discovering Zarahemla" and "The Book of Mormon in pictures and word."]

08-12-2007, 10:36 PM

Mike Allred is working on a comic book adaptation of the Book of Mormon.

08-12-2007, 11:06 PM

Well after numerous jokes it looks like the recommendations I'm considering are:
Man of the Atom

08-12-2007, 11:11 PM

Doug TenNapel, the animator who created Earthworm Jim, incorporates Faith into most of his graphic novels. Creature Tech, Tommysaurus Rex and his new one, Black Cherry, come to mind. I've only read the first two and his Tim-Burton-meets-Jesus sensibilities don't do much for me, but the cartooning's great and his approach is interesting.

Much more recommended is P. Craig Russell's adaptation of Oscar Wilde's Christian allegory, The Selfish Giant. I still get chills.

Batman: Holy Terror is another good one, an Elsworlds imagining Bruce Wayne as a priest who resorts to extreme tactics living in an oppressive theocracy. DC will probably never reprint it, but it's my all-time favorite Elseworlds.

Oh, and [Jack] Chick Tracts [fundamentalist Evangelical Protestant comics]. Gotta remember the Chick Tracts!


08-12-2007, 11:14 PM

Here's a fun site to browse:

08-12-2007, 11:34 PM

Did Hellblazer get mentioned yet? I think it was the first comic I ever read that put forth the notion that Angels might not be so good, Devils not so bad. Goes back at least to Jamie Delano's original run, but might extend to some degree back to Alan Moore's Swamp Thing.

I remember thinking it was some pretty crazy, subversive stuff back in the late 80s, though it became more and more conventional at Vertigo over time.

08-12-2007, 11:37 PM

Daredevil: Born Again.


08-13-2007, 12:13 AM

There was a good arc in Byrne's Next Men called "Faith". Featured one of the leads who was raised in a virtual environment (ala The Matrix) finding a path to Christianity. Was especially interesting coming from Byrne, a staunch atheist. I remember a scene where the character dreams of the crucifixion of Christ with all the major players being his friends and enemies.

08-13-2007, 04:04 AM

Peter David has written some books focusing largely on faith and religion as themes.

For instance, his run on Supergirl in the 90s dealt heavily with faith and religion. Supergirl came to realize that she was the Earthborn Angel of Fire and was tasked with taking down a demonic threat. Along the way, she frequently encountered a young boy named Wally who claimed to be God and was wise beyond his years. The first 50 issues or so featured this theme heavily.

Also, Fallen Angel is all about an angel named Liandra who fell from the grace of God to Earth to an ancient city of evil and corruption. The first six issues of the IDW run focus on the religious and faith elements of the book and are some of the best comics I read last year.

08-13-2007, 05:38 AM

A Contract With God

Check out my novel, Icelander, now available from McSweeney's Books and from fine bookstores everywhere.

[Posts image: cover of Icelander, by Dustin Long.]

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