Islam and Comic Books

I am passing on the following press release: Islam and Comic Books Column “Comics & Dialogue” Launches in February January 28, 2014. BOSTON, MA. Beginning in February, ISLAMiCommentary will feature twice-monthly columns from Boston scholar Dr. A. David Lewis on Islam and the comic book medium. The column series Comics & Dialogue: Islam in Graphic [Read More...]

Comics and Religion at AAR?

A. David Lewis has put out a call for more attention to be paid, perhaps in the form of an exploratory session next year, to religion in comic books. David has also set up a discussion forum for this and other topics. Those interested in this intersection (you know who you are) should click through [Read More...]

The Legion of Baptist Superheroes

I’ve long known about (and have mentioned before) the Adherents web site’s catalog of superheroes’ religious affiliation. Today I learned via IO9 that on that web site there are now also graphics depicting the superheroes of a given tradition. Here are the Baptists: I am guessing that some are American Baptist, some are Southern Baptist, [Read More...]

Superhero Saints

I’ve been meaning to blog about this since it first turned up on Matthew Paul Turner’s blog (subsequently getting mentioned at IO9 and Greenflame). Superheroes are regularly situated at the intersection of religion and science fiction – see Steve Wiggins’ recent post on Alien Deities as one example – but not always quite as blatantly [Read More...]

Religion in Captain America: The First Avenger

I just watched Captain America: The First Avenger and found it interesting to see how they connected it with the themes of aliens visiting ancient Norway in Thor and the idea that super-advanced science/technology is indistinguishable not only from magic and superstition but religion. Red Skull is played effectively by Hugo Weaving (made famous by The [Read More...]

X-Men First Class: Never Again, Ever Again

I finally got around to watching X-Men First Class, and found it not only an enjoyable superhero action movie and a satisfying prequel exploring the earlier lives of the X-Men, but also a challenging parable about the danger of history repeating itself when we most want to avoid it doing so In the first X-Men [Read More...]

Thor: A World Where Magic and Science are the Same

I finally got around to watching the movie Thor last night and early this morning, and I’m glad I did. Thor has always been an interesting character in the realm of comic book superheroes. Others were godlike or messianic in character, and the lines between sci-fi and the supernatural, always blurry even at the best [Read More...]