Friday, April 26, 2013

Bible and Comics: Justification is a Fighting Doctrine

I am constantly amazed at the effort comics artists undertake to portray non-narrative material.  Most of the Bible is composed of non-narrative material, meaning stuff that doesn't pass like a basic, modern novel with characters, motives, and plot.  It is a mistake to think that comics must follow narrative -- surely they have, owing to the dominance of the superhero tale and attempts to mimic television and film.

But wait until you see what Siku did with Paul's letter to the Galatians. As Ernst Kasemann repeated:  justification is a fighting doctrine, yo!

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Turning a letter into a facile debate rather than showing it through either juxtaposition or other non-narrative means would have served this much better.

But perhaps this is the force of the manga genre.  Of course, Siku can make Rembrandt blush with Jesus' Temple tantrum:

Siku's is one of the better manga out there to explore attempts to portray quasi-historical-romantic visions of the Bible.

Siku, The Manga Bible (WaterBook, 2008)

1 comment:

  1. I like the quotation marks around "gentile sinners"....