Monday, April 27, 2009

Who Needs A Superhero?

I bought this book in the bargain bin at Family Christian several years ago and it has become my favorite devotional. This book is written by a comic fan for comic fans, and if you don't know a lot about comic books you may not get as much out of it.

Brewer takes the current mythologies of comic books and uses them to illustrate Biblical principles. In some chapters it's a study of a particular hero or heroine, such as Superman or Batman. In other chapters he crosses publishers and ages to compare the various heroes and how we can get good lessons from each. For example he spends one chapter talking about the nature of God. Is He like the Punisher, wreaking vengeance on those who cross Him? Is God like Uatu, watching from a far and rarely interfering? Is He like Galactus, uber-powerful yet swayed by the interference of a super-powered mortal? Brewer concludes quite convincingly that God is actually like the Golden Age Green Arrow, but I won't spoil the lesson by explaining why he says this.

If the names of these characters mean little or nothing to you, then this probably isn't the book for you. But if you can tell me where Uatu lives and name at least three of Galactus' heralds, then you will probably love this book. If you have a casual interest in comics, you'll probably still find important lessons here. Despite extensive use of comic book characters, Brewer does an excellent job of delving into the stories in the Bible, bringing a fresh perspective to ancient ideals. So far I have based two different sermons off chapters in this book, and I have only avoided using more because I don't want to be too one-tracked.

Check it out by clicking on the cover! I highly recommend it!


  1. Sounds interesting. I'm not an avid comics reader, though I am up to speed on most DC mythos.
    It sounds like a book worth a look though.

  2. Definitely check it out! The book is several years old and deals with classic stories, so you don't have to be up on the current storylines.