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An interesting take on the second coming,
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This review is from: American Jesus Volume 1: Chosen: Chosen v. 1 (Paperback)
I'm not sure if this is a convincing take on the second coming and how a small town would react to a Jesus-like figure emerging in their midst. The story is interesting and the artwork faultless but i'm not sure if comic-books (sorry, graphic novels) are the right place for something of such complexity and depth. I understand the need for ellipsis and the shortage of space of the medium, but the pace is too quick and many of the scenario's are unbelievable. What I'm saying, I think, is that it lacks a sense of realism and I found it hard to suspend my disbelief for many of the conceits of the narrative. I was also disappointed that the 'new' Jesus' 'path' follows that of the original Jesus, except that the names have been changed as an 'update'. I understand that people need 'signs' to show them that this is Jesus reincarnate but I would have liked something bolder that imagined a new set of miracles and a different set of circumstances under which they are performed.
Perhaps all my gripes will be answered in Book 2 as Jodie comes to terms with Global media and the reactions of hyper-capitalism to 'faith' rather than the false idols of consumption (i'm an athiest, by the way!)
I know this sounds as if I don't like it but I will be buying Book 2! Well worth the money!
(p.s. Buy 'Red Son'. It's excellent!)