Graphic Novel Review 272/365: The Newest Testament Presents: The Bible 2

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The past couple of days have been fun, and now it’s back to a few more titles that I acquired at C2E2!

Title: The Newest Testament Presents: The Bible 2

Author(s): Z. M. Thomas, and Amelia Woo

Publisher: Trepidation Comics (2015)

Age Rating: 17+

Yeah, so this happened.

There’s a graphic novel out there where Jesus rises from the dead and retreats to Utah, only to be called back into action in the 1300’s.  This Jesus has a room of weapons and a magical unicorn named Seraphim Sprinkle Shits.  This Jesus drops F-Bombs left and right and is very liberal with the middle finger.  You might assume that this book is not for the Christian among us, but I’m not so sure about that.  Yes, if you are bothered by the idea of Jesus swearing and making dick jokes, this is not the book for you, but it is researched and makes makes many accurate references to the Bible.  This Jesus is a bit of an ass, but his heart is usually in the right place, and in the book, he does fight to make the world a better place…with machine guns, a magical unicorn using barf to cut people in half, a dinosaur army, and offensive one-liners.

Amelia Woo’s art creates an Assassin’s Creed tone, and the dark outlines compliment the rough edges of Thomas’ writing.  The majority of the book lives in brown and tan tones, splashed with some blue and a rainbow unicorn every now and then to refresh the eye.

Do I need a Bible graphic novel where Jesus flies around with rocket sandals while blasting people with laser eyes and an M-16?  I don’t know.  It’s stupid fun.  It satirizes religion.  It’s going to offend.  But I will say this…I thought it was going to be more offensive than it is (my opinion).  The pitch; the cover; the back matter of offensive concept/guest art…all allowed me to assume that this book was going to be a sin-filled romp of offensive, but it’s only half that.

I will not be giving this book to my very Christian family members, heck, I might not even let them see the cover, but there are some good jokes in here.  If you can separate yourself from your beliefs, and you don’t mind crude humor, you might dig parts of this book.  There is some good story here, but if the idea pisses you off, don’t blame me if you read it and hate it.

Happy reading!


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