Thursday, October 15, 2009

A Few Thoughtz: Archangels: The Saga

Peace and blessings,

Given that the last time I discussed a Christian comic on the blog was about a year ago (see my posts on Ted Dekker's "Black," "Red," and "White" in October 2008), I figure I'm beyond overdue to get back on my Christian comic book grind. I've recently found a few other Christian comics and comic book companies, and I plan on reading and discussing those comics in the near future. The topic of today is Patrick Scott's Archangels: The Saga (1995). The story is best characterized as good vs. evil, but what I like about the approach to this battle that distinguishes it from other comics (the good vs. evil theme is common to most superhero-type comics) is that the battle takes place on the spiritual battle ground. Namely, the "major" battle is not one fought by humans in the story per se, but between the heavenly angels (referred to as "the Host") looking over them and the demons/evil angels seeking to destroy them.

"Destroy" in this sense takes on two meanings. In one sense, there are times where the devil's angels succeed in "influencing" people to make decisions that leads to their literal death. In another sense, and more importantly, the devil's angels are working around the clock by trying to influence people to make decisions that turns our attention away from God, the complete manifestation of this turning away resulting in a form of spiritual death. In both cases the devil's angels are fighting on behalf of causing and perpetuating death, and the Host are fighting on behalf of abundant, purposeful, and eternal life.

The story centers around Justin, who, after losing many important people in his life (e.g., parents, friends), decides he has nothing to live for and is seriously contemplating suicide. In a demonstration laid out by Jesus in Like 15:1-7 about the shepherd who leaves his 99 sheep who are "in His care" (quotes are mine) to go find the one that is lost (i.e., "not in His care"), an angel is sent to Justin's aid to prevent him from making a fatal decision. However realizing that the devil's angels are aggressively trying to "broker" this deal (i.e., succeed in influencing Justin to take his life), Cameron (Justin's angel) receives help from his "patnas" from the Host, and a huge battle ensues between angels on both sides.

In sum, there are three things I really enjoyed about the approach of this comic book that I wanted to highlight.

#1: The importance of our choices. The series (which is nine issues) does a good job in my opinion of demonstrating the consequences of our choices. By showing the angels' reactions to the various decisions made by the characters throughout the story, the series serves as a reminder that the choices we make often have consequences that reach farther than our awareness or comprehension.

#2: God's concern with the "minor" details of our lives. The fact that there's a whole battle going on over one person is a prime example of God's love for us. He cares about every decision, struggle, and detail of our lives, regardless of how big or small we make think it is at the time. Talk about some great news...

#3: The "relatable-ness" (yeah, I made it up) of the Host. I really liked how they depicted the heavenly angels as having concerns and struggles that we as humans deal with. It was interesting that much of Cameron's determination to protect Justin stemmed from the guilt and remorse he felt over the death of Daniel, someone he felt he was not able to protect. So it's like Cameron's on a redemptive journey in trying to save Justin.

What do you think? If you've read it, what are your thoughts on it? If you haven't read it, are you considering checking it out? Take care, God bless, and speekonit...

Click here to read the series online.

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