So Tess and I stumbled across this little piece at Midtown Comics. It’s called Jesus Hates Zombies, by a guy called Stephen Lindsay, and it’s probably one of the most unique comics I’ve read in a while. There really isn’t much to figuring out the story, I mean the title sort of tells you everything you need to know.
The son of God comes to Earth to purge the planet of a zombie plague and find a group of people in a church who will help him. With a bat, a lot of swearings, and a dumb zombie sidekick who seems to be the only person on the planet who unconditionally believes in Jesus Christ as the son of God and savior of humanity.
Weird, right? Hold on, it gets better. Because at the same time the story of Abraham Lincoln and his epic lifelong battle with werewolves is being told. That’s right, Abraham Lincoln did something even bigger than freeing the slaves and subjugating the South. He chopped the fuck out of werewolves with an axe and a knife while screaming “FUUUUUUCK YOOOOUUUU!!!”
How awesome is that?
I know, pretty freaking awesome. And while zombie comics aren’t exactly unique, and neither are comics about taking the piss out of Christianity and Jesus Christ, there’s something about this comic. I don’t know what it is, it’s just fun without any sort of badly-done underhand attempts at taking some sort of immature atheist piss on religion, an argument that while I’d normally appreciate, doesn’t really have a place in a story like this.
In a way this reminds me of 90’s indie comics, the wave of nu-semi cult comics like the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which was a spoof on Miller’s Ronin.
Anyway, the original Jesus Hates Zombies: Those Slack-Jawed Blues as well as the followup Jesus Hates Zombies, featuring Lincoln Hates Werewolves volumes 1 and 2 (of 4) are out now, so if you like funny no-holds-barred and no-bullshit indie comics, go buy them. Tessa and I are anxiously awaiting the last two volumes of this series, and can you blame us?