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Monday, July 14, 2008

BBC's "Bonekickers" Angers Some Viewers

Some people seem to be pretty upset over the depiction of a radical Christian beheading a Muslim in a recent BBC program. It happened on a t.v. show entitled "Bonekickers". You can find the BBC's response to the criticism here.

It's not surprising that this would upset some Christians. After all, it's not like this story is "ripped from the headlines" - When was the last time you heard about such a violent act committed in the name of Christianity ANYWHERE in the world? On the other hand, where Muslim extremists are concerned..., well, you can finish that thought.

Am I disturbed by it? Not really. I've come to expect the liberal media, in practically all of it's forms, to do it's best to cast Christianity (and, especially evangelicals) in a negative light. And, it doesn't get much more liberal than the BBC. Additionally, I have confidence in the majority of viewers, Christian or not, to see through such thinly-veiled prejudice.

There is one certainty in all of this: You won't hear or read a single story about any Christians rioting, making death threats or participating in any other violent behavior as a result of Bonekickers. Again, there's a stark contrast to be found there...

Mark Allen

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The Metabarons - From 2000

(Cover to Metabarons vol. 1)

What do you get when you combine aspects of a space opera with symbols from ancient Japan and the middle ages, along with solid storytelling, fantastic characterization, and eye-popping artwork? You get something that keeps a reader anxiously coming back to his local comic shop for more. You get a project which, having had a somewhat quiet launch, causes readers jumping on at the latest issue (#7) to clamor excitedly after the previous six. In short, you get The Metabarons, one of the best science fiction stories to come down the pike, in any form in years.

Creators Alexandro Jodorowsky and Juan Gimenez have done something that many comic professionals have failed to do; they have created an extremely entertaining series that is a perfect example of the kind of material that brings new readers into the genre. The original Metabaron, created by Jean Giraud (Moebius), appeared in The Incal, a series published by the Swiss company Les Humanoides Associes, in the early '90's. Readers do not, however, have to know anything about those early appearances in order to enjoy this intelligent, beautifully rendered series.

As fresh as it is riveting The Metabarons should appeal to those who enjoy good sci-fi, as well as fans of great super-hero action. The story of a galaxy's greatest warrior caste unfolds for the reader through two robotic characters; Tonto and Lothar. As the former relates the past adventures of Metabarons to his robotic partner, an excited Lothar asks questions likely in the minds of readers. These interludes provide a sometimes comedic release of tension in the midst of what is basically a tragic story. According to writer Jodorowsky, this serves to connect readers to the story, "..because it's as if he's a party to secrets between two robots, one of them just as much in the dark as the reader is." (Issue #1)

It works. Find out how well by checking out your local comic shop's back issue bin.

Review by Mark Allen