Alpha and Omega from Spire Comics. When I decided to sell off most of my comic book collection, I didn’t see a great market for the number of religious comics I had. So I decided to give them to a co-worker I knew to be very active in her church. This title almost went with those books, but I paused before leaving it in the stack and decided to re-read it. Let me make one thing clear. I am a religious man, and I have collected a number of religious comic books. I am, however, not an Evangelical and I am a strict non-literalist when it comes to all things myth and Bible. So don’t worry, I’m not preaching any gospel here.
Spire’s line of Christian comic books have reached near legendary status in the world of comic fandom, though not usually for good reasons. The title of this book is very odd as it actually refers to a man and woman who are obvious science fiction analogues of Adam and Eve, not to the famous “I am the beginning and the end.” They fly out to deep space and land on an asteroid that is obviously a new garden of Eden, and are warned by an omnipotent voice to avoid a forbidden red planet. In case it isn’t obvious what that planet is, one character says that it looks “Like a giant apple!!!” Then Lucifer turns up without even bothering to be a serpent and all chaos breaks out.
Even with the strangeness of the characters’ names and Lucifer being little more than a cartoon villain, I still thought there was great potential here for exploring the idea of perceptions of deity. Maybe I’m just weird. Al Harley and Spire were obviously much more interested in getting a heavy-handed “Christian” message across to young readers. Please note my use of quotation marks there. The message is clearly an indictment of secular society and the institutions of science. As far as Spire was concerned, all the ills of the world could be traced to people rejecting their brand of Christianity, and science not being content to explain the wonders of the universe with the simple idea of “God’s creation.” That’s not a message I can get behind.
I decided that it would be irresponsible of me to put this in the hands of impressionable young people. So it remains in my collections as a curious relic.