Many of the modern graphic novels are anti-religious, but a few are not. A few writers are attempting to be the graphic novel equivalent of Dostoevsky, or Gramm Green. This is a discussion of some to the best efforts without superheroes so far.
Graphic Novels are a bit expensive as entertainment and dedicated Catholics probably should read the spiritual works of the saints for inspiration, but graphic novels can help us reach out to young people. This is particularly true because librarians are adding graphic novels to their young adult collections.
You might want to suggest or donate religious graphic novels to your library. If you are interested in getting Catholic or Christian comics into public libraries this link covers the topic along with how to get other Catholic books into library collections.
Some parents, grandparents, Godparents, aunts and uncles also might want to use these for hard to reach children. And youth ministers might want to have a collection to be lent out. Parochial school libraries and parish libraries are other possibilities, and even public school libraries are adding graphic novels.
Careful Catholics should be warned that one of the characters makes a couple of cracks about gullible Catholics. He is the proprietor of a small, dishonest, roadside, museum, and he hopes to make money by cheating the type of Catholic who thinks a paint spill looks like the Virgin Mary. But as this character is not admirable it is not clear that the comic is anti-Catholic. If a villain is anti-Catholic that does not usually make a work of fiction anti-Catholic, if the hero is anti-Catholic then that normally means that the fiction is anti-Catholic.
On the other hand, the Shroud of Turin plays a major role in the story and it is assumed that it is authentic and has healing powers. This might be considered pro Catholic.
The heroic father of the scientist is clearly a Protestant preacher. Of course, as Priests normally do not have biological children it would have been difficult to tell the same story with Catholic clergy.
Nevertheless, while the author says he is a Christian, I assume he is not Catholic, so we might want to proceed with caution.
Creature Tech should be of interest only to older teens and adults, it is too sophisticated to be of great use with children. I would be more concerned about the possibly anti-Catholic aspects with children.
You can find Creature Tech on Amazon.com. List price is $18, Amazon price is $13, other sellers on Amazon offer it for $8.72, of course, you have to add shipping. Creature Tech is 208 pages, a paperback in black and white. Unfortunately, our library's copy several years ago tended to lose pages. But they still have a copy, perhaps they got one with better binding, I will have to check this out.
I read my public library's copy, with the rapid spread of graphic novels in public libraries it may be available in your library system soon. Perhaps you should suggest it, especially for the young adult or adult section.
Doug Tennapel has written a number of other graphic novels since Creature Tech. A couple of them are at my public library. I hope to read those. Perhaps, they will add to my list of suggestions.
Both the list price and the Amazon price is $15.95 for a paperback 144 pages long, in black and white. It may be available through many public library systems. Once again you might want to suggest it.
Visitations list and Amazon price is $8.95, for 96 pages in black and white.
Astro City is a series of graphic novels by Kurk Busiek. The first one has a blurb on it that says it has life affirming values. Perhaps that is a good way to put it. This is a sophisticated superhero series about a city where people with extra powers are fairly commonplace. Of the sophisticated superhero series I have seen it may be the most friendly to Christianity.
It is also a really interesting initiative. What we have is a blind boy with special powers that are generally in line with Catholic/Christian teaching. It is quite a bit different from anything I have read before.
The first teen I showed it too said, "This is awsome." I will continue to try it with various people.
The writer is Joseph Cillo and the artist is Gabriel Santiago. You can find Blind Prophet Part 1 on Amazon. It is 112 pages long and used to cost $13.99. But on March 27th and 28th a Kindle version will be free from Amazon. Sign up for notification. If you have missed this a Kindle version will be available for $1.99. Here is the link. Here is more information.
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