A Kingdom Without Kings: The Anarchist Messiah of Evan Dahm’s The Harrowing of Hell

Evan Dahm’s 2020 comic The Harrowing of Hell opens with a quote by Leo Tolstoy, from his book The Kingdom of God Is Within You: “Christianity in its true sense puts an end to government. So it was understood at its very commencement; it was for this cause that Christ was crucified.” The subject of … Continue reading A Kingdom Without Kings: The Anarchist Messiah of Evan Dahm’s The Harrowing of Hell

Some Kind of Messiah: An Exploration of Religion in The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys  

In 2010, American rock band My Chemical Romance released their fourth and final album known as Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys. It is a conceptual album that follows the lives of four characters who take after the band members. In this world the band members, known as the killjoys, are vigilantes who fight … Continue reading Some Kind of Messiah: An Exploration of Religion in The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys  

Religious Themes in Christelle Dabos’ The Mirror Visitor

The Mirror Visitor is a series of four novels written by Christelle Dabos and translated from French to English by Hildegarde Serle. The first book, A Winter's Promise, was published in 2013, and it began developing a relatively small but dedicated fanbase after it won the Gallimard Jeunesse-RTL-Télérama First Novel Competition (Dabos, Christelle, "About"). The … Continue reading Religious Themes in Christelle Dabos’ The Mirror Visitor

X Marks the Samurai: An unlikely (and awesome) allegorical Christ in Watsuki’s Rurouni Kenshin manga series

"He's finally done it," I hear my peers and classmates groan, "Mark is shoehorning his obsession with pre-2000s manga into his classwork." And you bet your crusty body pillow I'm gonna do it again for my final project. Stay tuned. Some forms of symbolism transcend cultural boundaries and manifest in places one might not expect: … Continue reading X Marks the Samurai: An unlikely (and awesome) allegorical Christ in Watsuki’s Rurouni Kenshin manga series

Finding Your Place in The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Chbosky, Stephen. The Perks of Being a Wallflower. New York: Pocket Books, 1999. Introduction During our lives, there are times we are particularly vulnerable. Graduating high school and college, moving across the country, starting a new job, among many other events in our lives can leave us with questions. I was always taught from a … Continue reading Finding Your Place in The Perks of Being a Wallflower

V for Vendetta: How to be a Fascist

V for Vendetta is a political thriller graphic novel by Allan Moore and David Lloyd. Released in 1982, it takes place in a dystopian world where post-war England is now a police state due to the Former United States of America. The English government of this alternate reality heavily encourages nationalism and homogeny, and they … Continue reading V for Vendetta: How to be a Fascist

Your Own Personal Jesus: A Review of Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

Chris McCandlessImage Source: https://www.outsideonline.com/culture/books-media/does-wild-truth-tell-true-story-chris-mccandless/ Into the Wild is a 1996 non-fiction novel by author and mountaineer Jon Krakauer, who specializes in outdoor literature. The novel details the life of Chris McCandless, a high performing college student from a well-off family who abandoned all of his material pursuits and hiked in the Alaskan wilderness in April … Continue reading Your Own Personal Jesus: A Review of Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

Daredevil and Catholic Guilt

In the first scene of Netflix’s Daredevil, which ran from 2016 till 2018, the show’s protagonist Matt Murdock attends confession. Though most of the dialogue consists of Matt ranting aimlessly about his family history, particularly his dad’s boxing career, the priest eventually interrupts Matt by suggesting he tell the priest what he’s done. “I’m not … Continue reading Daredevil and Catholic Guilt

Institution and Religion: A Comparison of the First Two Star Wars Trilogies

A fan-made poster containing characters from both the original and prequel trilogies Star Wars is a franchise so large and popular that it has almost become a religion in and of itself. What has truly captivated audiences throughout decades is the mythology that tightly binds the fictional universe together. That mythology of course being the … Continue reading Institution and Religion: A Comparison of the First Two Star Wars Trilogies