Comic Book Review: Evil Jesus #1

I am a fan or irreverence. Tipping sacred cows makes great satire, and the writers and artists who undertake such practices open themselves up to things much more dangerous than just some guy blogging his distaste (see Danish cartoons as an example). Good comic satire makes the reader question beliefs and challenge assumptions all while making fun of subject it is parodying. Good satire is hard. Good satire doesn't pull punches. Not many writers can pull this off, and Max Ebert is no exception.

Looks like he is having fun.

Looks like he is having fun.

 

In Evil Jesus, God the Father peeked in on earth and saw that things were going badly down there. He decides to send his son to help them out. Unbeknownst the omniscient one, his son has been replaced with a look alike while the real Jesus was stuffed into some luggage. God gives the imposter Jesus (now to be known as Evil Jesus) a halo and sends him to a suburban community in the US. Evil Jesus then sets out on his quest to bring more "evil" into the world.

Nothing gets explained too much in this first issue. We don't know who Evil Jesus really is or what his motivation is. He also has a rather weak definition of what constitutes evil. He thinks getting kids to be mean to each other, getting tattoos, and tricking people into getting drunk is by far more sinister than it actually is. Maybe this is on purpose? Maybe this is a joke? Not sure, the writer never indicates that is the case. Good Jesus somehow escapes his luggage prison and Evil Jesus has to track him down.

The art by Lukas Stobie has a cartoonish charm, but is not memorable. The characters designs seem to be if Peanuts and DBZ had a baby, and that baby was giving a limited color palette. It's not bad, just not memorable.

Writing: 3

Art: 3

Score: 3

It may have only cost me 99 cents and about 5 minutes to read, but I suggest you spend that pocket change and time reading something else. If your looking for funny and poignant religious parody, try Z.M.Thomas' Bible 2 or Joseph Smith in Space for your irreverence fix.