God and Comics

Super Teams and the Value of Community

Jonathan Mitchican

It is always fun to see superheroes teaming up. On this week’s show, the crew talks about what makes for a great superhero team and how superhero team stories teach us something about our need for community. Also, Fr. Matt impersonates a cat impersonating a chicken. All this plus our recommendation, This or That, and a whole lot more!

Stuck Rubber Baby

Fun Home

Superman vs. The Amazing Spider-man

Astro City #26

Green Lantern / Green Arrow

Spider-man / Deadpool

Infinite Crisis

Trinity

Top Ten by Alan Moore

The Bwa-Ha-Ha Justice League

Saint Walker

Manga Madness

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Life and death, morality, the conscience - these are just some of the themes that come up repeatedly in the Japanese comic books known as manga. The crew is joined in this episode by Dr. Zachary Guiliano from The Living Church to discuss all the ins and outs of this fascinating form of comic book storytelling. Also, Fr. Jonathan reveals his past as a drunken, lecherous, Russian Orthodox priest. All this plus our recommendation, This or That, and a whole lot more!

Here's some of the rad stuff we talk about:

Betty and Veronica

The Living Church

Covenant

The Japan Punch

Spider-man manga

Batman manga

Akira

Mushishi

Knights of Sidonia

Confessions of a Manga Translator

Neon Genesis Evangelion

Gnosticism (Note: Not rad)

Blue Exorcist

The Word on Fire Show

The Trial of God

Detective stories

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Some of the greatest mysteries and crime stories ever told have been in the pages of comic books. This episode explores the history of detective stories and asks some ethical questions about murder mysteries as entertainment. Also, Fr. Kyle reveals his own deep ethical failures. All this plus our recommendation, This or That, and a whole lot more!

Here's some of the rad stuff we discuss:

Justice League: The Darkseid War

Dick Tracy

Before Batman: What the First Twenty-Six Covers of Detective Comics Reveal About the Early Days of Comic Books (including info about "Spicy Detective Comics")

Identity Crisis

DC Rebirth

Gotham Central

Velvet

P.D. James Believed Mysteries Were Made of Clues, Not Coincidences

"Dick Tracy" by Ice-T

"Made" with Peter Falk

Mr. T saturday morning cartoon

"Treat Your Mother Right" by Mr. T

The Mystic Vision of Jack Kirby

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Jack Kirby created heroes like Captain America and the Fantastic Four, yet many people today don’t know his name. In this episode, the crew talks about the legendary artist’s amazing legacy and the modern mythology that he brought into being. Also, Fr. Kyle spends a surprising amount of time watching The Brady Bunch. All this plus our recommendation, This or That, and a whole lot more!

Fantastic Four by Jonathan Hickman (starting at issue 570)

FF by Hickman

A guide for reading the two Hickman series

Grant Morrison: My supergods from the age of the Superhero

William Blake

The Jack Kirby Museum and Research Center

Young Romance

Marvel Romance

Groot’s original appearance as a Marvel monster (Tales to Astonish)

Christ the King Spiritual Life Center of the Diocese of Albany

Batman 66 meets Wonder Woman 77

Wonder Woman meets the Bionic Woman

Dion’s "The Thunderer"

World Building with J. R. R. Tolkien

God and Comics

Like many other fictional worlds, comic books have always had a significant amount of world building. Using the work of J. R. R. Tolkien as our guide, Fr. Joel Scandrett joins the crew to talk about how acts of “subcreation” give stories their stakes and why that brings us closer to understanding what it means to be made in God’s image. Also, Fr. Jonathan reveals a deep and strange love for Vin Diesel movies. All this plus our recommendation, This or That, and a whole lot more!

Lazarus

Trinity School for Ministry

Crisis on Infinite Earths

Tolkien “On Fairy Stories”

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

The Expanse

Blue Like Jazz and Storyline by Donald Miller

The Reason for God by Tim Keller

The Mind of the Maker by Dorothy Sayers (free)

Coloring Book” by Chance the Rapper

We Got it From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service” by A Tribe Called Quest

T. F. Torrance

Sinbad in a movie that doesn’t exist

Barbara Eden

The Book of Three” by Lloyd Alexander

"The Ancient Law Departs" arranged by William Crotch

 

Doctor Strange and the Limits of Science

God and Comics

The new Marvel film Doctor Strange is the most spiritually and theologically rich one yet. We have a far ranging discussion that includes grace, sacrifice, surrender, the limitations of scientific materialism, and even a debate about relics. Also, Fr. Kyle delivers a tragic misuse of the word “wizened.” All this plus our recommendation, This or That, and a whole lot more!

Loki for president

Spider-man / Deadpool

Paul’s thorn in the flesh

Interview with Scott Derrickson

“Interstellar Overdrive” by Pink Floyd

Gob Bluth performs illusions

Catholic teaching on Relics

Martin Luther on Relics

Relics in the Bible

The Shroud of Turin

What "wizened" actually means

Mice Templar and the Hero's Journey

God and Comics

On today’s show, the crew is joined by Bryan J. L. Glass, writer and co-creator of the epic series Mice Templar. We talk about the intricate mythology of the Templar world and the way that spirituality opens the story up to mystery. We also have a chance to talk about Bryan’s other series, Furious, and the unlikely path its heroine takes to redemption. Also, our old pal Skeletor drops by for a brief visit. All this plus our recommendation, This or That, and a whole lot more!

Here's more about some of the rad stuff we talked about:

Chick Tracts (Not so much rad as for context)

Lucifer

Bryan J.L. Glass interview on Christ, Coffee, and Comics -
Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Furious addendum, Conversion Story

Mice Templar - Volume 1 for those just starting, Volume 5 available now for pre-order

Joseph Campbell on the hero’s journey

Our show on Eastern Orthodoxy with Fr. Niko

Furious: Fallen Star

Laurus

Thor: First Thunder

St. Maximus the Confessor

He-Man

Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo

Luke Cage and Black Liberation Theology

God and Comics

Luke Cage is the latest Marvel show to hit Netflix, portraying life, death, and heroism in Harlem. The crew discusses the show’s message, its music, and its many references to Holy Scripture. We also learn that Fr. Kyle knows enough karate to take down pretty much all of us in a single blow. All this, plus our recommendation, This or That, and a whole lot more.

Here's more about some of the things we discussed:

Invincible Iron Man issue 500.1

Invincible Iron Man, Volume 7: My Monsters

Iron Man: Demon in a Bottle

Raphael Saadiq

Gang Starr

Method Man

Jidenna

Wu-Tang Clan

Brian Azzarello's "Cage"

James Cone and Black Liberation Theology

How Luke Cage and Daredevil are (good) images and imitators of Jesus (and why the original is still better)

Biggie Smalls

Conversion Stories

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There comes a moment in the lives of many people when they experience something that changes them forever. On this first episode of season three, the God and Comics crew discusses these moments in the lives of our favorite comic book characters. Also, Fr. Matt celebrates his new job by handing out indulgences. All this plus our recommendation, This or That, and a whole lot more!

Here's some of the rad stuff that came up in our conversation:

Superman: Earth One

Batman: Earth One

Wonder Woman: Earth One

Plastic Man

Doctor Strange: Season One

Forever Evil

The Falcon

Rick Remender’s Agent Venom

2010 Bleeding Cool interview with G. Willow Wilson

The Butterfly Mosque

Amazing Grace

The Mice Templar

“Heretics” by G.K. Chesterton

The Net

Secret Identities in the Age of Social Media

God and Comics

Since the beginning, superheroes have had secret identities, but in an era when everyone has a camera on their phone that is becoming less and less plausible. On this final episode of Season 2 of God and Comics, the crew talks about the function of secret identities in superhero stories, why they are less popular today than they once were, and what they tell us about who we really are. Some technical difficulties cut short “This or That” in this episode, but we make up for it with a brief outtake at the end. Plus our recommendation and a whole lot more!

Saint George’s, Schenectady, New York (soon to be Fr. Matt's new parish)

7 Against Chaos

Harlan Ellison’s "Batman 66: The Lost Episode"

Kill Bill 2 Superman monologue (some rough language and imagery)

Banksy

Colossians 3:3

The Byrds' "Turn! Turn! Turn!"

Ecclesiastes 3

 

Forgiveness

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Forgiveness is an enduring theme in many types of storytelling and comic books are no exception. David Zahl of Mockingbird joins us to talk about the role of forgiveness in comics and why it matters. Also, Fr. Kyle tells us a tale about back when he used to be a hobo. All this plus our recommendation, This or That, and a whole lot more!

Here's some more about some of the rad stuff we talk about:

Don Henley's "The Heart of the Matter"

Mockingbird #3

Mockingbird Ministries

Mockingbird on Batman the Animated Series

Mockingcast

Frank Miller’s "The Life and Times of Martha Washington in the Twenty-First Century"

Batman and Robin Eternal

Daredevil: Born Again

Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman

Red Sonja: The Forgiving of Monsters

Kingdom Come

Astro City: The Dark Age

Reinhold Bieber

Kim Kierkegaardashian

Augustine of Hip Hop

The Secret History of William Axl Rose

Phineas and Ferb Star Wars

Robert Downey, Jr., Mel Gibson, and the Idiot Forgiveness of God

Liam Neeson decides he wants to do sketch comedy (NSFW)

Robert Farrar Capon

 

X-Men, the Devil, and the End of the World

God and Comics

It’s the end of the world as we know it, but the God and Comics crew feels fine as they take a look at the new film “X-Men: Apocalypse.” It’s a heavy discussion that begins with references to religious mythology and the Bible but ends with Fr. Matt telling us a little too much info about his bathroom habits. All that plus our recommendation, This or That, and a whole lot more.

Here's some of the rad stuff we discuss:

DC Rebirth #1

Apocalypse, Nimrod, and the Tower of Babel

The true meaning of the word “apocalypse”

Eschatology

The Rapture is not in the Bible

Flip Wilson - “The Devil made me do it”

Don’t Let the Devil Ride

The Devil Went Down to Georgia

Excalibur

Captain Britain

Psylocke

Weekend at Bernie’s

Michael Winslow doing voices in Police Academy

Civil War, Civil Liberties, and Civil Disobedience

God and Comics

It’s a very civil conversation this week as the crew is joined by special guest Alexi Sargeant to talk about “Captain America: Civil War” and all the fascinating social and ethical questions it raises. Best of all, they manage to do it spoiler free! Also, Fr. Kyle introduces us to one of the most disgusting snacks ever invented. All this plus our recommendation, This or That, and a whole lot more!

Here's more about some of the rad stuff we talked about:

Zenith

Alexi Sargeant's website

Captain America: Civil War (movie)

Civil War (comic)

The Jeweler’s Shop

Source of the great quote about the “river of truth”

Dr. Strange movie trailer

Letter from a Birmingham Jail

Elizabeth Anscombe

Fr. Daniel Berrigan

"Everything Local Man Feels Led to Do He Coincidentally Really Likes"

Howard the Duck: Duck Hunt (featuring a team-up with Aunt May)

"The Death of Prince and the Death of Jesus" by Hans Fiene

The Four Loves

God and Comics

C.S. Lewis pointed out in his classic book "The Four Loves" that there are many kinds of love - romantic love, familial love, friendship, and the selfless love of God. On this week's show, the crew discusses all of these different types of love and how they show up in some truly great comic book stories. Also, Fr. Matt discusses a brush with the law during his brief career as a venture capitalist. Plus our recommendation, This or That, and a whole lot more!

Here's more about the rad stuff we talk about:

Fr. Niko’s review of Batman V. Superman

Britten and Brülightly

An interview with Hannah Berry

C.S. Lewis’ The Four Loves

Rosy Press

Alex + Ada

New Romancer

Saga

The Walking Dead

The Batman Family

DC Rebirth announcement

World’s Finest Comics

Green Lantern: The Life Equation

Saint John Chrysostom “On the Priesthood” and “On Marriage and Family Life

NWA’s Straight Outta Compton (Clean version - starts at about 27 seconds)

Sacrifice

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The story of every great hero is a story of sacrifice. In today’s episode, the crew talks about how the theme of sacrifice works itself out in superhero comics and how that relates back to the ultimate heroism of the cross. Then Fr. Kyle talks about a filthy habit he’s decided to pick up for Lent. And we hear an amazing prayer for the birthday of Chuck Norris. All this plus our recommendation, This or That, and a whole lot more!

Here's some more about some of the rad stuff we talked about:

All Saints, Oklahoma City

Speeding Bullet Comics

Silver Surfer: Volume 1

Captain America: Civil War (Comic)

Captain America: Civil War (Movie preview with Spider-man)

The Dark Phoenix Saga

Mark Waid’s Daredevil

The Twilight Labyrinth by George Otis

Atonement

Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow

Superman / Batman Volume 4: Siege

Steve Rogers shows why he is a hero

Donald Trump in Home Alone 2

Happy birthday, Chuck Norris!

Saint Stephen

Manhood

God and Comics

What does it mean to be a man in our culture today? A lot of people aren’t sure. From the earliest days, comic books have painted a picture of masculinity that has been absorbed by readers. In this episode, the crew talks about how that depiction has changed over the years and how it fairs against a Christian understanding of manhood. Also, Fr. Jonathan makes a bold and controversial claim about snowmen. All this plus our recommendation, This or That, and a whole lot more!

Here's a little more about some of the things we discussed:

Miracle Man

Charles Atlas program ad: "The Insult That Made a Man Out of 'Mac'"

The End of Men by Hanna Rosin

"Who Would Jesus Smack Down?" (On Mark Driscoll and his infamous "limp wristed Jesus" quote)

Deadpool

Captain America: Winter Soldier by Ed Brubaker

Supreme

Gene Hackman as Lex Luthor

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

Batgirl as a member of Congress

Golden Age vs Silver Age of Comics

Spider-man 2099

Sidekicks and Discipleship

God and Comics

Since the golden age of comics, sidekicks like Robin the Boy Wonder, Speedy, and Bucky Barnes have been helping young readers to feel like they are part of the action. On today’s show, the crew discusses the origins of sidekicks, why they have fallen out of fashion, and how their efforts at striving to be like the heroes they follow reminds us of the calling to follow Christ. Also, Fr. Jonathan confesses his hankering for groundhog meat. All this plus our recommendation, This or That, and a whole lot more!

Here's more about some of the rad stuff we talk about:

The Legend of Wonder Woman

Renae De Liz

Robin the Boy Wonder

Bucky Barnes

Speedy / Red Arrow / Arsenal

Superboy

Wonder Girl

Jimmy Olsen

Spider-man and Deadpool

Harley Quinn and Power Girl

The Confessor and Altar Boy

Captain Marvel (Shazam) and the Marvel Family

Ba’al and Asher

Acts of the Apostles

The Apprentice

Aqualad

Young Justice

Miss Martian

Kid Flash / Impulse

Toro

Rick Jones is not Rick James

Snapper Carr

Lockheed

Gus, the Second Most Famous Groundhog in Pennsylvania

Highway to Heaven

Kato Kaelin

White Stripes feud with the Black Keys

 

Orthodoxy and the Death of Death

God and Comics

Superman and the resurrection. Wolverine and theosis. It’s the kind of conversation that could only happen on God and Comics! We’re joined by special guest Fr. Niko Bekris to discuss Orthodoxy, comics books, and where the two intersect. Also, Fr. Kyle tells us about a very odd way of being baptized. All this plus our recommendation, This or That, and a whole lot more!

Batman: War on Crime

Fr. Niko’s review of Superman: Peace on Earth

Resurrection Greek Orthodox Church

Christ, Coffee, and Comics

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese in America

Oriental Orthodox

The Death of Superman (comic)

The Return of Superman (comic)

The Death and Return of Superman (short film by Max Landis)

Superman The Movie

Crash Test Dummies' Superman's Song

Theosis

Anglicans and Theosis

Wolverine: Weapon X

Pinnochio

Fellowship of Saint Alban and Saint Sergius

Moral Therapeutic Deism

The Beastie Boys featuring Biz Markie: Bennie and the Jets

 

Jessica Jones and the Culture Wars

God and Comics

Marvel’s Jessica Jones is a dark and gritty show that deals with heavy issues. The usual crew is joined by guest Emily Zanotti to discuss the show’s relationships, what it means to have “God like” control over others, and a whole range of ethical questions that the show raises. Due to the graphic nature of some of the content in Jessica Jones, parental discretion is advised.

Spoilers start at 21:45 and end at 50:10

Here's some of the rad stuff that we talk about:

Astro City

Marvel’s Jessica Jones

Alias

The Bechdel Test

Patsy Walker

Charles Soule’s She-Hulk featuring Helcat

First appearance of Kilgrave

Original sin

Civil War

Kill You featuring the Punisher and Eminem

I Am Chris Farley

Red Hulk