Erik Cheski, Fanbase Press Contributor

Erik Cheski, Fanbase Press Contributor

Thy will be done.

The world is a bit of a mess right now.  There’s a lot of crazy out there hiding behind religious texts that align with their particular brand of hating folks or perpetrating terrible acts that may not have unanimous support of modern communities.  It’s not just one religion that people are using out there, either. There are sects of just about every major religion (and slews of minor ones) that twist doctrine to make their specific brand of awful justified.  Why do I bring this up in a comic review?  Well, Leonie O’Moore’s Lord tells just such a tale, and while its protagonist is a sympathetic character to a considered majority of the population, there are those who would brand this book as pushing an agenda rather than being a wonderfully aware British-Countryside horror (Think of the movies that Hot Fuzz was based on.) that feels like it could be just as relevant in today’s world as the time period that it’s based in.

Bless your heart.

Betvin Geant and Kay have put together an intriguing and singular kind of tale in Prince of Peace (formerly titled The Rise of the Antichrist).  It's one that has far-reaching implications about faith, and what it means to all of the various people who engage with it.  When a young man gains powers beyond the pale of mortals, his love of scripture from an early age becomes manifest in his actions.  He concludes that, as he has abilities greater than those of men and the only person with similar abilities is the Son of God, he must obviously be sent by God to heal the world.  Whether that supposition has any merit is never quite answered throughout, though we see obvious parallels to the testaments in other characters and events in the world.  That's the part of this work that I've always enjoyed, that the cat was always in the box; though he met with an angel/devil, only he saw them, so perhaps it could be delusion guiding a disturbed youth, but there was an outside shot that was legitimate. 

Hold on, Dorothy. Kansas is going bye-bye.

Long before the time of books, radio, television, and video games, people were telling stories.  So many of these stories have been told so many times that they share common elements, but the twist of one fact could change the course and create an entirely new tale.  That’s part of the difficulty of trying to bring one of these old tales to light, as people can sometimes lose focus, feeling that they know just where the story is going and may miss the truth that lives within it. 

Mr. Lovecraft, please pick up the white courtesy phone.

We’re gonna need a bigger boat…

Your focus determines your reality.

Naughty or nice, everyone bows to the Big Guy.

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