I recently finished reading Sean Murphy’s fantastic Punk Rock Jesus, and it made me think about other comics that feature Jesus as a character in some form or another. Surprisingly, there have been quite a few really good, entertaining comics in which ol’ J. H. Christ has had a lead or supporting role.
And with this weekend being Easter and all, I thought I’d call out a few of ‘em.
Written by The Walking Dead co-creator Robert Kirkman, this funny, irreverent series unfolds in the aftermath of the Apocalypse, when demons walk the Earth and a disgraced pope is tasked by God with rescuing Saint Michael from Lucifer and saving what remains of humanity. The pope is assisted by God’s son, Jesus H. Christ, a sandal-wearing hippy who eventually becomes Battle Pope’s best friend and roommate.
Wanted and Kick-Ass writer Mark Millar penned this comic about a 12-year-old boy who discovers that he’s the son of God. Gifted with the ability to turn water into wine, heal the sick and injured, and everything else that goes along with being the returned Jesus Christ, how will he adapt to life in modern society?
Garth Ennis and Jacen Burrows teamed up for this extremely graphic comic about a TV exec who’s actually the Anti-Christ, but isn’t a big fan of his father Lucifer’s plans for the world or the whole “battle between good and evil” that he’s supposed to figure into prominently. Along with a talking rabbit, his best friend and favorite drinking buddy is a mentally disabled Jesus Christ, who’s barely able to perform any miracles these days due to his unfortunate condition. (The result of a peaceful protest gone horribly wrong.)
Punk Rock Jesus (on shelves April 9)
A reality-television show starring the clone of Jesus Christ becomes the world’s biggest hit, but when its star begins to learn the truth about the world created around him, he goes to war with the media industry and the culture that either hates or loves him. Protecting him is a former IRA killer who’s vowed to keep “Chris” safe from the scientists, zealots, and execs who want him crucified — figuratively and, in some cases, literally.
And there you go, folks. Please keep in mind that all of these books are for mature readers — so don’t go putting them in the kids’ Easter baskets, okay?
And hey, Happy Easter!