AMERICAN JESUS: REVELATION #1 (OF 3)
STORY: Mark Millar
ART: Peter Gross with Tomm Coker
COLORS: Jeanne McGee with Daniel Freedman
LETTERS: Cory Petit
COVER: Jodie Muir
EDITORIAL: Sarah Unwin
VARIANT COVER ARTIST: Tomm Coker
28pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (October 2022)
Rated M / Mature
American Jesus created by Mark Millar and Peter Gross
American Jesus is a comic book series created by writer Mark Millar and Peter Gross that is being published as three comic book miniseries. American Jesus began life as Chosen, a three-issue miniseries that was published by Dark Horse Comics in 2004, and continued in American Jesus: The New Messiah, a three-issue series published by Image Comics in 2019-20.
The series concludes in American Jesus: Revelation, a three-issue series written by Millar; drawn by Gross with Tomm Coker; colored by Jeanne McGee with Daniel Freedman; and lettered by Corey Petit. The series offers the epic conclusion to the greatest story ever told.
American Jesus: Revelation #1 opens before time, with a depiction of the greatest and most infamous coup attempt ever known to the Western world and like-minded parts of it. In modern times, Jodie Christianson, the Chosen, is now President of the United States. He is a doting father, telling his two spawn … err … children bedtime tales, a bit of family time before he initiates that terrible attack that soured the hope and promise of the twenty-first century.
Now, the world is falling apart around President Jodie, and he could give a f**k. Europe is in flames in a war with Russia. Plagues and lock downs cover the globe. The financial system is on the brink of collapse. Jodie's solution is a one world government under the rule of the Antichrist (which is he) and with the digital enslavement of all mankind.
Can even the true savior – the returned Christ – stop Jodie now? What are her true intentions, anyway?
THE LOWDOWN: Netflix/Millarworld sent me PDF review copies of American Jesus, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2. I had not read them until recently, and I needed to do so in preparation for American Jesus: Revelation. But nothing could prepare me.
Mark Millar is like an incorrigible kid, running through the museum of American exceptionalism and breaking all the bric-à-brac that passes for high art and culture. A blue-eyed, middle American, small town boy as the Anti-Christ – done. An Afro-Latina woman as the Savior – done. Thick bodied, dark-skinned humans as Adam and Eve – he did it. And Millar gleefully slays the pseudo-sacred cow of 9/11. Yes, the Scotsman went nine-eleven on 9/11. And he blends centuries of conspiracy theories – from books, oral history, and the digital age – into a delicious comic book pop confection that I want to devour until I have diabetes.
Yes, Peter Gross, Tomm Coker, Jeanne McGee, Daniel Freedman, and Corey Petit all do stellar work. But for this first issue, I must testify to the comic book gospel of (Saint) Mark Millar. All joking aside, Mark and Peter and company must really respect their audience to give us such a fantastic first issue.
Dear readers, you know that not all “superstar” comic book creators go out like Mark and Peter have these past two decades. But I won't name them; instead, I'll focus on the most excellent American Jesus: Revelation #1.
I READS YOU RECOMMENDS: Fans of Mark Millar's comic books and of the American Jesus series will want to read American Jesus: Revelation.
Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"
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