Review: ‘Miniature Jesus’ #2

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Ted McKeever is back with another boldly themed and rakishly illustrated installment of Miniature Jesus, courtesy of Shadowline Comics. Dominating his roles as writer, illustrator, and letterer, McKeever writes a bizarre tale of fantastic religious weirdness all while maintaining a palpable level of intimacy. “Miniature Jesus” #2 doesn’t let down, and it’s definitely an issue worth checking out.

WRITTEN BY: Ted McKeever
ART BY: Ted McKeever
PUBLISHER: Shadowline/Image Comics
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE: April 22nd, 2013

Following where Part One left off, Part Two begins with our protagonist, Chomsky, walking by the same run-down church where the series’ namesake was resurrected from the cross he’d been nailed to. As the recovering alcoholic mulls over thoughts of disillusionment, and deals with the physical embodiment of his demonic conscience, he stops in detached wonder as McKeever pays homage to Michelangelo’s “The Creation of Adam” in full page glory.

With a depiction of God’s massive hand emerging from the Heavens, index finger extended to crash through the church’s roof, McKeever draws upon the traditional Biblical creation narrative from the Book of Genesis, in which God breathes life into Adam. Only this outstretched hand seems to be awfully destructive, as it wreaks havoc upon the church.

From here, readers are introduced to new and strange characters who, along with the pastor, begin placing blame on Chomsky for the events that transpired at the destroyed church. What follows is a turn for the grotesque and creepy before the issue ends in the same fashion as Part One — with a focus on miniature Jesus’ resurrection.

McKeever’s artwork remains consistent, in that he continues to draw with an instinctually raw style, forgoing a colour palette, and merely relying on his powerfully heavy, but clean black line and shading work to bring his illustrations to life. His ability to take readers on a journey from panels of divine artistry, to pages of disturbing imagery, only goes to show the depths of his talents as he effectively portrays the inner workings of Chomsky’s tormented mind. While McKeever’s style unfortunately serves the hit-or-miss market, his work honestly suits the overall tone and themes of the series well, and should definitely be checked out.

4/5 Skulls

Reviewed by – ShadowJayd