You know, I am not quite sure what to make of this…
via Covered: Brandon Michael Barker covers Amazing Fantasy 15. After checking out Mr. Barker’s site, there appears to be a very Christocentric theme with his stained-glass comic book hero pieces. Like I said, I am not quite sure what to make of it. Mr. Barker does mention any reason for this Christocentrism and the pieces do not appear particularly offensive or blasphemous. Comic book superheros always bring a Christological allegory into the mix the best representation for this being Superman. In this reinterpretation of the Amazing Fantasy #15 cover, Mr. Barker includes obvious Christian imagery such as the Α/Ω in the upper right corner, replacing the American Comics Association seal. Of course, there is the halo, which is topped with the acronym for IESVS·NAZARENVS·REX·IVDÆORVM (Iesus Nazarenus, Rex Iudaeorum), which translates to English as “Jesus the Nazarene (Galilean), King of the Jews (Judeans)” (INRI – Wikipedia). Also presented is the Christogram XP (Chi Rho). For an added bonus, Mr. Barker places some Roman Numeral on the lips of Spidey and although I am pretty sure this may not have been his intent, I could not help but think of the Stations of the Cross. As a fan, Spider-man always seemed like a Christological allegory to me in the sense that one receives graces/powers/talents and must make a decision on how to best utilize these gifts – especially while struggling with one’s own cross or crosses. That famous line from Amazing Fantasy #15, which is mistakenly attributed to Uncle Ben Parker remains relevent and True and as a Catholic, harbors a deep call for evangelism:
“And a lean, silent figure slowly fades into the gathering darkness, aware at last that in this world, with great power there must also come — great responsibility!“
— Narrator, Amazing Fantasy #15
Compare that line to the following passage from Luke 12:48 where Jesus states,
“But he who did not know, and did what deserved a beating, shall receive a light beating. Every one to whom much is given, of him will much be required; and of him to whom men commit much they will demand the more.“
Talk about finding the Truth of God in the most unlikely of places.