Brothers: The Fall of Lucifer

 BTFJ   (Markosia, 2006)

Happily, this manages to avoid two problems commonly associated with religious series and one problem commonly associated with secular ones. Religious comics can be preachy and heavy-handed. This one isn’t. (At least, this issue isn’t. Man has not yet been created, so it’s not really talking about him.) Religious comics can also be amateurish. This one is well-written and beautifully illustrated, with appropriately angelic coloring provided by Artur Fujita. (The multiple covers, however, may be a little too “professional.”)

The secular problem? Devils and Hell have traditionally been more prominent in comics than angels and Heaven. Angels have more recently been in vogue, but they’re often treated sacrilegiously. This issue stays far away from what the average person might consider blasphemous; it has a theology, even if it doesn’t shove it down the reader’s throat.

Based on the “critically acclaimed” (they tell us) novel by Wendy Alec, telling the story is so far the paramount purpose of Brothers. Brothers is sure to invite comparison with Heavenly takes from such titles as Sandman and Preacher. Bring it.

— Jack Abramowitz

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