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Here are comics that deals with fathers’ issue that I’ve read this past year.

Jonah Hex, Vol. 3: Origins

Jonah Hex Vol 3 Origins

Justin Gray. Jonah Hex, Vol. 3: Origins. New York, NY: DC Comics, November 7th, 2007. 144 pp.

This is a Western story of a tough as nail bounty hunter who roams the Wild West.  This particular volume touches on Jonah’s past although I think the title can be misleading since the volume isn’t entirely on his origin per se and it goes back and forth in time and gives glimpses of his past rather than it being a linear story.  One thing I noticed in this work was the frequent theme of fathers and in particular bad fathers.  We see this in one of the story where a father was an alcoholic beating his son which gave Jonah Hex flashbacks to his own childhood and his own father.  We also see this theme about son and father even with the story of Jonah Hex being given away to the Apaches by his dad and then the relationship of the Apache chief, his son and Jonah Hex.  This volume also ended with Jonah Hex being a widow maker which is also echoed in the earlier stories in this book.  In between these stories there is also the story of how Jonah Hex met Tallulah Black and her backstory.  I found these stories a fascinating read.

Christian Reflection: 

Paul in Ephesians 6:4 says “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.”  We see the detrimental consequences of this upon children, the effect in which we see even when they become adults.  The correlation between those who have a bad or non-existent relationship with their fathers and crime rate can be seen by those who want to look up the statistics.  As a Christian reading this volume, the death and killing of fathers left me gasping.  But it made me think about the men I have ministered to who have issues with abusive and negligent dads and the pain and rage they have.  Of course there must be a call to repentance but one must also understand just how detrimental is the effect of bad father figures are in people’s lives.

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This is part of our short series on Superheroes, Comics and Worldview.  The following are comics that I found intriguing in that they have a political overtone and message.  Specifically they warn the readers of the danger of Statism.

V for Vendetta

V for Vendetta

Alan Moore. V for Vendetta. New York, NY: DC Comics, October 12th, 2005. 296 pp.

I read this nearly a year ago back in January and it still left a strong impression on my mind.  I can only compare to this to George Orwell’s 1984.  It is a 1984 with a superhero, if V could be called that.  Originally written in the 1980s it is a story about a future England in 1997 and 1998 in which the government has become tyrannical and authoritarian with a sole dictator on top who is obsessed with his computer dictating to him things by chance.  As powerful and smart as those within government think they are, one lone vigilante suddenly challenges all that.  What’s incredible is that our hero goes about doing what he does while singing, rhyming and throwing out witty slogans.  This shows the incredible genius of the writer Alan Moore and he even manage to alliterate each section of the book with the letter V.  Incredible.  As our hero carry his subversive campaign to undermine the evil government and cause the people to rise up we are also drawn into the story in learning more of the mystery of the origin of V and his motivation to fight the regime.  Although the story does have a bit of the left leaning taste there is still a powerful lesson about the dangers of Statism.

Christian Reflection: 

As I said earlier this book does have the same feel as 1984.  This reminds us just how dark a tyrannical government can be and how the mass could simply let the government do the evils they do.  While our hero is a lone revolutionary as a Christian we must not believe in vigilante justice or call for the rebellious overthrow of the government.  This of course is different from the duties of the lower magistrate to disobey wrongful orders from their superiors.  Christians must be very careful not to subscribe to the pagan ideology that chaos (revolution) will reproduce order.

NOTE: I did not watch the movie nor do I plan on reading it.

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