Brendan and Erc are just your average interplanetary mailmen trying to find their way in the galaxy. But one day, while piloting cargo through the far reaches of space, they suddenly find themselves on a journey they didn't expect: a journey to the truth. The Truth Is Out There combines the visual excitement and quirky humor of graphic novels with solid popular philosophy and theology. The result is a book in which everyone from teens to adults can find accessible answers to questions about God, the soul, true happiness, and much more and have fun doing it! And because Brendan and Erc start their journey at the very beginning, readers don't have to possess any kind of faith to appreciate the thoughtful ideas and arguments they'll encounter. If you just have an open mind (and a sense of adventure) you will come away from these pages with a clearer sense of life's purpose, and a better understanding of the reasons for believing in God, Jesus, and the Church. And if you're already a believer, The Truth Is Out There will deepen your knowledge of the Faith and sharpen your skills at defending it.
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(I'm not D. Sockey but her 24 year old daughter.My Mom is a normally good writer/reviewer, but since she still confuses the term "manga" with "anime", she would probably be pretty useless at reviewing this one. She's not of the graphic novel generation.)
In my experience comic books with a Christian message are usually so syrupy in content that they fail to intrigue. Two dimensional characters with no personality ask questions and give short, shallow answers like a bad puppet show; "What is God?" "God is "love."" Not so with "The Truth Is Out There." Memorable characters with real personality ask the hard questions and get real answers full of thought-provoking content that makes the reader contemplate how much they really know about Christianity and Catholicism. I'm a cynic and biased when it comes to Christian media but "The Truth" had me intrigued at the first page and I actually can't wait to get my hands on the next book and collect them all!
Honestly, I don't know where to begin. This was truly way more than I had expected! I think it is interesting to note that this is written & illustrated by a contemplative Monk using a "pen name" and from the whole tone of the book I would guess that he is a relatively young man. So let's start on the basic entertainment level. The artwork is fantastic! Done in a manga style with exaggerated facial expressions and the occasional chibi, mostly in black & white but with several full colour sequences which are outstanding. Extremely humorous which brought a smile to my face frequently, especially in the portrayal of the skeptic party-loving Erc. The book has a good story and plot as a framework. Set in space these two friends are interplanetary mail carriers who eventually are thrown into prison when they are framed for transporting illegal drugs. Brendan and Erc are amazing characters! They have two very distinct and different personalities and they look very different from...
Catholic Answers recently published their first graphic novel: The Truth is Out There, a comic book-style apologetics work aimed at high school youth.
The story is set in a sci-fi world, where two friends, Brendan and Erc, work together delivering interplanetary mail. Brendan is the honest seeker while Erc is the worldly, apathetic hedonist.
Along their journey they encounter several other characters, some who help Brendan in his search for truth and some who hinder it: a philosopher, a celebrity, a priest, and a Protestant apologist.
Through dialogue and adventure, Brendan and Erc discover the compelling arguments for the existence of God (first as the Unmoved Mover), then the existence and authenticity of Jesus Christ and Christian revelation, and finally to the Catholic Church as the fullness of the Christian truth.
As I read it, I heard echoes of Dr. Feser's excellent book, The Last Superstition. I would even describe it as a succinct...
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