Not at the Table!
Submitted by robert on March 8, 2007 - 16:49
Religion and comics... Yeah, I brought it up. Weâ€™re not at the dinner table so Mom canâ€™t reach over and smack me one. Heck she canâ€™t even reach me with a biscuit outside of holidays anymore seeinâ€™ as how I vacated the nest half a lifetime ago. So I press on. To be more specific: Christianity and comics... do we like the mix? My reaction to them varies, and arguably tells more about me than it does any comic. What do they say about you? Awareness piqued, perspective at the ready, baggage recognized for what it is, is it possible to view these comics with the (relative) objectivity afforded secular comics? Come on. Letâ€™s try. Have comics, will travel.
Holy Bibble- This one scared me initially, but you get used to the cute little Flash people with angry eyebrows. Shoot, at least they're brown for historical accuracy's sake. Taking into account the ad libbing and no-holds-barred approach, itâ€™s an interesting idea, this unrated rewriting of the Bible as a graphic novel; what with humor and anger and... incest? Yeah, I know, some things in the Good Book would be better left undepicted. But forging through every book of the Bible is no easy task, and Cannan and Lucas are still at it after close to two hundred strips. Forging makes for some dry days (Iâ€™m sure weâ€™re all guilty of that even without such a daunting task) but the cussing, violence, and chicken pot pies should keep those interested, thick-skinned folks (who canâ€™t help but fall asleep in church) awake and reading for a good, long time.
Russellâ€™s Teapot- Some great ideas and a lot of passion, but, to this reader, angry atheism is just fundamentalism in a new robe. Heâ€™s got points to make- many of which we canâ€™t help but acknowledge- itâ€™s just that he loses any chance at converts by swinging so far to the opposite extreme. Taking Bible verses out of context and using them in a literal sense for an agenda is just secular fundamentalism. Disrespect for humorâ€™s sake can still get a laugh. Humor for disrespectâ€™s sake? Itâ€™s well... just plain olâ€™ disrespectful. Plus it makes for more instances of forced writing than are usually found in an archive. I stopped reading when I started thinking, â€œRegardless of whether or not Jesus was the Son of God, dying publicly on a giant piece of wood with nails through your hands and feet SUCKS.â€
Leave it to Jesus- Darn it if good writing doesnâ€™t trump all. I can ignore my conscience flinging brimstone and fire at me long enough to enjoy several strips of any comic with really good writing. And thatâ€™s exactly what this comic offers. It is HI-larious. A VERY guilty pleasure. And yes- be warned- itâ€™s disrespectful, but disrespect for humorâ€™s sake can still be funny remember? And believe it or not (you may have to read for a while to get a "vibe") you may actually find that God and His Son are good guys in Mr. Hetrickâ€™s world regardless of chemical dependencies and other shortcomings.
(OW! Who the... Whereâ€™d that biscuit come from?!?)