Pilot season: Seraph #1 Review

PILOT SEASON RETURNS! TAKE CONTROL!

The angelic warrior now known only as Seraph was once a sinner. After living a life of selfishness and sin, personal tragedy drove him to kill himself. Plucked on his way to Hell by Heaven, the man was made Heaven’s soldier in an endless battle. Charged with fighting an ancient war, but bound by God’s law, can Seraph triumph over opponents not restricted in the same way and regain his faith in the process?

Creator LANCE BRIGGS (Chicago Bears) and writer PHIL HESTER (THE DARKNESS, Wonder Woman) are joined by artist JOSE LUIS (Justice League of America) deliver a story of personal loss and redemption wrapped in a rich supernatural mythos.

Summary

A black man sits in an alley pleading with god, when he gets no response he blows his brains all over the pavement and dies. As his soul reaches heaven a woman approaches his body and brings him back to life. He wakes up in the present and searches for a lost little girl in the ghetto. He locates the child and battles a demon of some kind who preys on the helpless. The demon also reveals he killed Seraphs sister years go.  He loses control of his powers and the building collapses. He wakes up atop an adjoining building with an Angel who gives him advice and to reaffirm his belief in god to make himself stronger.

He locates the demon at the burning hand festival and defeats him and saves the little girl. Same time elsewhere two people meet in a diner to discuss his role whether on the side of good or evil.

The Good

Cover- Dynamic colors and killer line work make this issue stand out on the comic rack, it’s the reason I picked this up! It has this captivating quality.

Christianity– Finally a Christian based comic I can sink my teeth into and recommend heartily for Christian friends. Kudos to Phil Hester and Lance Briggs!

Art- Nice fitting artwork courtesy of Jose Luis with dynamic and cool colors from  David Ocampo and Bill Farmer.

Action– Holy war starts here as Seraph and a demon throw down supernatural style!

New Black Superhero– A fresh new addition to the black superhero game! I like!

The Bad

Heaven?– Big question to both writers not to be nitpicky or to throw some real religion on this supernatural tale BUT suicide is a mortal sin or so I hear. If this man killed himself he would plummet to hell as opposed to rise to the pearly gates. Sorry but that was jarring in its absurdness.

Christianity- Some may be put off by this healthy dose of religion in their comic book, some think religion should be separate and apart from this line of entertainment.

The Ugly

Fresh hero, fresh story and a fresh new title for 2011!! 4/5

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  • March 29, 2013 at 7:23 pm
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    The issue of suicide is viewed differently by the various religious factions. If one ascribes to Catholicism, then the view of someone committing suicide and going straight to hell would be correct; if one is not cathlic, then their view on suicide would be different.

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