Mike here. Anyone who knows me knows that I love comic books.
So when I find one that ham-handedly tackles religion, it’s like someone got chocolate in my peanut butter. And when you toss in the spectacular awfulness that was the 1990’s era of comics, I’m sold!
For the uninitiated, Rob Liefeld, is something of a joke among comic book fans and one that typifies the 90’s era of comics. Yeah, we all bought his comics when we were twelve years old, but we look back on it with some embarrassment, like parachute pants or shaving a lightning bolt into your hair. He typified an era that was dominated by the overwhelming popularity of bad anatomy, bad dialogue and juvenile writing.
His dialogue was the worst. His sense of anatomy and proportion were laughable. And he gave us one of the most unintentionally hilarious pictures of Captain America ever put on paper.
His work was remarkably lazy and he tried to cover up his artistic weaknesses by covering his line and figure work with giant shoulder pads, a plethora of pouches and oddly, random cylindrical shapes just popping out of a character’s back. (I think they’re supposed to be guns.)
So, when his comic studio commissions a comic book where the Christian and Greek mythologies go to war, how would you expect that to turn out?
The book, Glory/Avengelyne II: The Godyssey #1, which was released in 1996, features a crucified Jesus Christ being laughed at by Zeus, Apollo and the Greek Gods of Olympus. Jesus, remembering that he’s been turned into a mid-90s comic book character published by Rob Liefeld, literally rips himself off the cross and engages them in a kung fu battle!
It’s a sequence that must be seen at full size to be appreciated. Props to the folks over at Comic Book Resources for posting about this. I love how theology, at its heart, can be boiled down to a simple “My God can beat up yours!” argument.