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Wormwood is the anti-Christ, no way around it, his dad is Satan and his demonic powers help him fit right into New York. His best friend is Jesus, who is a black, mentally-challenged man that just isn't performing many miracles these days. The pesky Armageddon is coming right up, and it doesn't look like Pope Jacko is going to be any help in stopping it. Wormwood is the anti-Christ, no way around it, his dad is Satan and his demonic powers help him fit right into New York. His best friend is Jesus, who is a black, mentally-challenged man that just isn't performing many miracles these days. The pesky Armageddon is coming right up, and it doesn't look like Pope Jacko is going to be any help in stopping it.


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Wormwood is the anti-Christ, no way around it, his dad is Satan and his demonic powers help him fit right into New York. His best friend is Jesus, who is a black, mentally-challenged man that just isn't performing many miracles these days. The pesky Armageddon is coming right up, and it doesn't look like Pope Jacko is going to be any help in stopping it. Wormwood is the anti-Christ, no way around it, his dad is Satan and his demonic powers help him fit right into New York. His best friend is Jesus, who is a black, mentally-challenged man that just isn't performing many miracles these days. The pesky Armageddon is coming right up, and it doesn't look like Pope Jacko is going to be any help in stopping it.

30 review for Garth Ennis' Chronicles Of Wormwood Limited Edition

  1. 5 out of 5

    Arielle

    Again I am baffled by the immaturity exhibited by a fairly acclaimed comic book. I swear if I didn't know better, I'd have said Mark Millar had written this. It seems to be a common theme among comic book writers that: a) Everyone in the world is an inherent dickwad. Who the hell would steal from a cash register (with witnesses) instead of calling an ambulance (or just running away) when the registrar keels over from a heart attack? And of course, the man who donates to all the orphanages and char Again I am baffled by the immaturity exhibited by a fairly acclaimed comic book. I swear if I didn't know better, I'd have said Mark Millar had written this. It seems to be a common theme among comic book writers that: a) Everyone in the world is an inherent dickwad. Who the hell would steal from a cash register (with witnesses) instead of calling an ambulance (or just running away) when the registrar keels over from a heart attack? And of course, the man who donates to all the orphanages and charities is OF COURSE a child molester. The people in the Vatican use derogatory and politically-incorrect racial slurs in the company of fellow holy-men... Best yet, the pope will let terrified nuns sodomize him in front of the whole clergy! What's most amazing about how preposterously stupid--not even offensive, just stupid--is that we're suppose to suspend our disbelief that the pope's blatantly inappropriate behavior ISN'T exposed to the public at large, when he doesn't even make an attempt to keep his sexual exploits private? And would Wormwood's rival so thoroughly humiliate himself in a televised interview. Would grown business men play infantile pranks on each other to fluster their rival instead of competing fiscally? and b)A self-deprecating, yet self-righteous hero. In a cataclysmic turn of events, I actually like Wormwood and Jay. The rabbit was unnecessary, and served no evident purpose except to annoy the shit out of me (or possibly be the self-insert character for the thirteen-year-old male demographic). But Wormwood and Jay had a good dynamic. They were SO CLOSE to be convincing as characters. Take away about three-fourths of the cuss words that serve to bulk up the dialog, and Wormwood's almost a real guy. He's got flaws, some more believable than others, and he's got his good points too. So why are all the characters besides the main ones complete and utter reprehensible, rage-filled, crime-committing assholes? Even Joan of Arc, "Fock me, Eegleesh peeg." Is that supposed to be clever? Funny? Ironic? This whole comic book was one testament of "Fuck the world! Everyone's an asshole! Look at how EDGY I am!" I honestly don't understand how one writes something like this and thinks that they've completed something worth reading. Just because Ennis has written Bible characters in a way that no one has (which is actually untrue; Good Omens is basically this story without all of the AWFUL), does he think he's done something new and exciting? Just because he CAN, doesn't mean he SHOULD. I mean, there's a reason that people don't unzip their pants and piss on a wall whenever their bladders get a little too full. (Although, in this comic, I'm pretty sure everybody does that anyway.) Maybe I just don't get these "fantasies" written by middle aged men for a young male demographic. Both Wanted and Kick-Ass, highly praised by other comic nerds, outraged me for the exact same reason this has: they're immature while pretending at sophistication and irony, they're uncreative, they work off of a shock factor more than substantial plot... My friend tries to convince me they're satire, but-- A Modest Proposal is satire. This is just crap. I'd like to see less comic books written by resentful teenage boys, and more by men and women who actually know what character development and balance are.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ill D

    Delightfully irreverent and highly amusing, Chronicles of Wormwood is yet another chuckle-inducing work of the comic industry’s venerated Garth Ennis. Riffing off the anti-religious sentiment of Preacher with a simpler length yet suffused with a mind-expanding and decidedly cosmic veneer, ~150 pages of guffaws are sheened with a Robert Crumb influenced know-how with tints and tones of Tijuana Bible on tap. Characters are well rounded, believable, and likeable. Even if they’re born of the divine, Delightfully irreverent and highly amusing, Chronicles of Wormwood is yet another chuckle-inducing work of the comic industry’s venerated Garth Ennis. Riffing off the anti-religious sentiment of Preacher with a simpler length yet suffused with a mind-expanding and decidedly cosmic veneer, ~150 pages of guffaws are sheened with a Robert Crumb influenced know-how with tints and tones of Tijuana Bible on tap. Characters are well rounded, believable, and likeable. Even if they’re born of the divine, we’re able to commiserate with Ennis’s imaginative reconstructions of Jesus, The AntiChrist, the Whore of Babylon and a whole host of other biblically inspired people that populate this wide width of dramatis personae. Toss in a foul-mouthed rabbit and I knew I was in for one hell of a ride. Laughing all the way to the bank, Wormwood is definitely one of ginger boy’s better works of the past 20 years.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Connolly

    I've been on a garth ennis streak lately. This one was pretty enjoyable. Christ and antichrist are boys and regular dudes walking the streets until shit goes down in a biblical way. 4 stars. I've been on a garth ennis streak lately. This one was pretty enjoyable. Christ and antichrist are boys and regular dudes walking the streets until shit goes down in a biblical way. 4 stars.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Baba

    Garth Ennis' Chronicles of Wormwood is the story of a 'good' Antichrist, his best friend Jesus, and a talking rabbit called Jimmy(!). The main protagonists are an insane evil Pope, Satan and an insane God! And somehow Ennis manages to make this work, satirising organised religion, racism, exploitative media, divine pregnancy, hitmen etc etc. ... a tour de force by Ennis. 9 out of 12 Garth Ennis' Chronicles of Wormwood is the story of a 'good' Antichrist, his best friend Jesus, and a talking rabbit called Jimmy(!). The main protagonists are an insane evil Pope, Satan and an insane God! And somehow Ennis manages to make this work, satirising organised religion, racism, exploitative media, divine pregnancy, hitmen etc etc. ... a tour de force by Ennis. 9 out of 12

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    Wormwood, the AntiChrist, is a TV exec making cutting edge programming (“The Wire”, “24”, “The Sopranos” type stuff) whose friends are a talking rabbit and Jay, or Jesus, a brain damaged black messiah who sits in a dive bar drinking Guinness all day. His father, Satan, visits him one day and Wormwood realises Armageddon is about to be brought about, that his dad is trying to make him fight his friend Jay and bring about the destruction of the world. If you’re a fan of Ennis’ work like I am you’l Wormwood, the AntiChrist, is a TV exec making cutting edge programming (“The Wire”, “24”, “The Sopranos” type stuff) whose friends are a talking rabbit and Jay, or Jesus, a brain damaged black messiah who sits in a dive bar drinking Guinness all day. His father, Satan, visits him one day and Wormwood realises Armageddon is about to be brought about, that his dad is trying to make him fight his friend Jay and bring about the destruction of the world. If you’re a fan of Ennis’ work like I am you’ll be familiar with a lot of the stuff here. The all or nothing baiting of Christianity like he did the excellent “Preacher” series continues with an Aussie Pope who’s madder and more corrupt than Ratzinger; the explicit sex scenes (Joan of Arc no less); the swearing (talking rabbit, et al.) and visual dirty jokes (a bartender who really is a dickhead); but mostly the storytelling verve and richness of the script are what I like best about Garth Ennis. It’s a great story that I’m glad is being developed into a longer series and features some great scenes, among them a suicide bomber who finds out what it really means to have 72 virgins waiting for you in heaven, the road to hell paved with mimes, and a masturbating God. Jacen Burrows does fantastic work in bringing it all to life in memorably drawn scenes. Great stuff, if you’re a comic book fan, you’ll love this high quality book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jayaprakash Satyamurthy

    Time hasn't dulled Ennis' zest for blasphemy, although it all seems a bit tired by now. We've been over this ground before, in his Hellblazer run and in Preacher. Some of this is amusing, some of it interesting, as Ennis tries to offer yet another take on all the aspects of Christian mythology that he's already played with before, and some of it just feels redundant and juvenile. Jacen Burroughs' art deserves a special mention, he has a real flair for the monstrous, as also seen in his work on A Time hasn't dulled Ennis' zest for blasphemy, although it all seems a bit tired by now. We've been over this ground before, in his Hellblazer run and in Preacher. Some of this is amusing, some of it interesting, as Ennis tries to offer yet another take on all the aspects of Christian mythology that he's already played with before, and some of it just feels redundant and juvenile. Jacen Burroughs' art deserves a special mention, he has a real flair for the monstrous, as also seen in his work on Alan Moore's Neonomicon.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Supratim Dhar

    As I have stated before Garth Ennis has become the favourite author of mine. It's probably because we have such distrust towards the religion. Here Wormwood is shown as the Antichrist and his best friend is Jesus. As before the point stays "HOPE". And the message "Help Yourselves". Signature Garth. Building the story in five issues but the climax started and ended too fast. That's why one less star. Good read. As I have stated before Garth Ennis has become the favourite author of mine. It's probably because we have such distrust towards the religion. Here Wormwood is shown as the Antichrist and his best friend is Jesus. As before the point stays "HOPE". And the message "Help Yourselves". Signature Garth. Building the story in five issues but the climax started and ended too fast. That's why one less star. Good read.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Alain Gutierrez

    3.5 stars

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jenny (Reading Envy)

    What do the Antichrist and Jesus have in common? They've both told their fathers to f- themselves and gone off to live life on their own terms. But what about the apocalypse? This is sometimes offensive, pretty funny, and a quick read. Also - talking rabbit. What do the Antichrist and Jesus have in common? They've both told their fathers to f- themselves and gone off to live life on their own terms. But what about the apocalypse? This is sometimes offensive, pretty funny, and a quick read. Also - talking rabbit.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Patrick

    Really liked it. Delightful irreverent sacrilege in the finest Ennis tradition.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Rajiv

    Feels a lot like Preacher but is a much simpler tale. Liked the idea and the execution.

  12. 5 out of 5

    OmniBen

    (Zero spoiler review) I read Rover Red Charlie a few days ago, and was rather disappointed to find it the Garth Ennis story I have liked the least. Admittedly, there is plenty more of Ennis' work I have yet to discover, although for the first time, his mature/controversial/comical take on the subject matter was not to my liking. Instead, preferring someone who was able to lean into the emotion more, without needing to push the limits of taste when the moment took them. I'm glad to say, this is mu (Zero spoiler review) I read Rover Red Charlie a few days ago, and was rather disappointed to find it the Garth Ennis story I have liked the least. Admittedly, there is plenty more of Ennis' work I have yet to discover, although for the first time, his mature/controversial/comical take on the subject matter was not to my liking. Instead, preferring someone who was able to lean into the emotion more, without needing to push the limits of taste when the moment took them. I'm glad to say, this is much more of a return to form for Ennis, in my eyes at least. It's certainly not without fault, or anything close to him firing on all cylinders, although despite knowing next to nothing about this going in, I can safely say it ticked most of the boxes I would expect from a lesser Ennis story. The Ennisism's were more on point, and used more poignantly. In fact, to a certain extent given the subject material, I was surprised how restrained it was, for Ennis at least. This could have been a balls to the wall edgefest, although there was an interesting tale lying beneath the surface, which Ennis unearthed reasonably well, though with room for improvement. I would have preferred if this was structured as an ongoing series, with more of the everyday of the main characters life making up the brunt of the material, rather than the one and done structure we were treated to here. I know there are follow ups, though they will likely be of a similar mould, but that remains to be seen. Jaycen Burrows art is always to my liking. This was earlier in his career, and neither as charming nor as controversial as some of his other more well known titles, although I'm yet to see any of his work that failed to put a smile on my face. To wrap up, this wasn't all that it could have been, but it was just enough of what I needed from Ennis after a bit of a stumble with Rover Red Charlie. 4/5 OmniBen.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Riccardo Caputi

    Most of the book is just a sequence of jokes with the plot as a string to link them. Some of the jokes can be funny, especially if you like the iconoclastic style of stand up comedians such as Ricky Gervais or Bill Hicks (both of them are mentioned, and there's even a line that directly homages the latter, although it's not a surprise, since he was also present in Preacher). Most of the times, however, if you are not a 15 year old or someone who laughs everytime something edgy happens, you just Most of the book is just a sequence of jokes with the plot as a string to link them. Some of the jokes can be funny, especially if you like the iconoclastic style of stand up comedians such as Ricky Gervais or Bill Hicks (both of them are mentioned, and there's even a line that directly homages the latter, although it's not a surprise, since he was also present in Preacher). Most of the times, however, if you are not a 15 year old or someone who laughs everytime something edgy happens, you just frown and pray Ennis to go on with the plot. It's not a great book, but there's a certain sweetness in the relationship between Danny and Jay that I really enjoyed. Somehow, even if the story is not that great, I do care about the characters, and I'll probably go on with the series. The attachment to the characters is largely improved by Burrows' drawings, that give each character some great facial expressions.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jordan

    I would call myself a fan of Garth Ennis. This was fun to read, and I liked the characters, and it even had some real touching moments (as Ennis is very good at providing), but my main criticism is if you've read a good dose of Ennis before, this feels like a rehash of a few things. He even re-uses lines he's used in other books (a line from The Boys about living in NYC is paraphrased here.) This kind of feels like Ennis on autopilot. Mentally challenged religious deities like we saw in Preacher I would call myself a fan of Garth Ennis. This was fun to read, and I liked the characters, and it even had some real touching moments (as Ennis is very good at providing), but my main criticism is if you've read a good dose of Ennis before, this feels like a rehash of a few things. He even re-uses lines he's used in other books (a line from The Boys about living in NYC is paraphrased here.) This kind of feels like Ennis on autopilot. Mentally challenged religious deities like we saw in Preacher, funny pervert sex stuff, even a head shaped like a penis (like we saw in Preacher.) Here's the thing though, Ennis on autopilot is still pretty fun and this was a quick, entertaining read. So yeah. 3 stars seems...right?

  15. 5 out of 5

    Corwyn Matthew

    Wickedly hilarious and shit-tons of fun. The art won't blow you away but effortlessly tells the tale alongside the Diabolical Madman of Scribes, Garth Ennis, who, once again, pinches you right where you love it to burn. Dive in and indulge; if you're an Ennis fan, you're gonna love this. (But you may need to find a nice, private space to do so, so as to spare the squares surrounding you the wrenching of their supposed moralistic ideals the torment that such raw exposure to something as demented Wickedly hilarious and shit-tons of fun. The art won't blow you away but effortlessly tells the tale alongside the Diabolical Madman of Scribes, Garth Ennis, who, once again, pinches you right where you love it to burn. Dive in and indulge; if you're an Ennis fan, you're gonna love this. (But you may need to find a nice, private space to do so, so as to spare the squares surrounding you the wrenching of their supposed moralistic ideals the torment that such raw exposure to something as demented as this particular funny book will inflame within them.) Enjoy! =D

  16. 5 out of 5

    Juanluis Díaznoriega

    As always, Ennis making a point against religion, the way God and the Devil are portrayed could be offensive to some readers, but it's fun to imagine Christ and the Antichrist making a stand against their respective fathers to try to live a life making the things they feel correct to their beliefs As always, Ennis making a point against religion, the way God and the Devil are portrayed could be offensive to some readers, but it's fun to imagine Christ and the Antichrist making a stand against their respective fathers to try to live a life making the things they feel correct to their beliefs

  17. 4 out of 5

    Shaun Phelps

    Ennis sure likes his over-the-top heresy. I almost couldn't finish this book, it was so in-your-face with absurd religious offense. After a couple of issues though the storyline pulls together, the antichrist becomes relatable and the over-arching story--though not compelling--is an enjoyable exercise in outcomes with a couple thoughtful ideas. Ennis sure likes his over-the-top heresy. I almost couldn't finish this book, it was so in-your-face with absurd religious offense. After a couple of issues though the storyline pulls together, the antichrist becomes relatable and the over-arching story--though not compelling--is an enjoyable exercise in outcomes with a couple thoughtful ideas.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Leo

    I enjoyed this a lot, so I'm tempted to give it a higher rating. I decided not to. Garth Ennis can be talented and clever when he wants to be, but all the shock value thrown in cheapens everything important he's trying to say. I enjoyed this a lot, so I'm tempted to give it a higher rating. I decided not to. Garth Ennis can be talented and clever when he wants to be, but all the shock value thrown in cheapens everything important he's trying to say.

  19. 5 out of 5

    John

    Twisted and blasphemous yet satisfying and soulful.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Maria Rosales

    It is alright but not my type of comic.

  21. 4 out of 5

    John

    Ennis slumming it and retreading old ground--but its still a fairly decent story. He's at his best doing long runs (i.e. Hellblazer, Preacher, The Boys or War Stories) but this runs pretty well. Ennis slumming it and retreading old ground--but its still a fairly decent story. He's at his best doing long runs (i.e. Hellblazer, Preacher, The Boys or War Stories) but this runs pretty well.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sean Goh

    Very fun, very irreverent. Not for the easily offended (like most of Ennis's work). Very fun, very irreverent. Not for the easily offended (like most of Ennis's work).

  23. 4 out of 5

    Yazman

    A fun series by Garth Ennis. These short runs are some of the best comics around. A great imagining of the antichrist and his friends, rebelling against Lucifer.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Joyce

    Strange tale of good and evil. The son of satan doesn't want to be the antichrist. Rated R Strange tale of good and evil. The son of satan doesn't want to be the antichrist. Rated R

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kite Johnson

    Jesus and the Antichrist are best friends. One is the son of the Satan and the other the son of God. Both have their problems and both have given up their respective destinies to pursue a life of normality here on Earth. The Devil wants his son to start the Armageddon and God wants his son to sacrifice and martyr himself once again. Of course things are not that easy as Jesus and Wormwood have become accustomed to their lives and do not wish it all to end. Wormwood is actually a pretty nice guy Jesus and the Antichrist are best friends. One is the son of the Satan and the other the son of God. Both have their problems and both have given up their respective destinies to pursue a life of normality here on Earth. The Devil wants his son to start the Armageddon and God wants his son to sacrifice and martyr himself once again. Of course things are not that easy as Jesus and Wormwood have become accustomed to their lives and do not wish it all to end. Wormwood is actually a pretty nice guy and sure, he has a little bit of a temper once in a while – he is the Antichrist – but for the most part, he is a good person who does good things for people. Garth Ennis takes some of the familiar tropes from the bible, including the Book of Revelations and just turns everything on its head into a fairly normal tale of fathers and sons. Well, maybe not so normal. Having the story take place in current times is a great idea and having Wormwood run a cable television station is quite perfect in a number of ways. Even though Wormwood tries his best to be the best person he can be, it is quite humourous when he does something that is more akin to his true nature when his temper flares up. Another little gem Ennis throws in the mix are spirits that are too strong and too restless to remain in the afterlife for long and come back to Earth such as Judas and Joan of Arc with whom Wormwood is having an affair with behind his girlfriend’s back. Aside from the little things that take place in the day to day, Wormwood and his father have a strained relationship. After all, his father did rape his mother as a goat, but as Satan is quick to point out, if he had not have done so, Wormwood would not have been born. There are many little bits of wry humour worked into the book by Ennis that make it an enjoyable read and turn the book from what would have been a serious tone into one more akin to a family drama like Parenthood or 7th Heaven, albeit with a little sex, cursing, gore and nudity. The devil just wants what is best for his son, like many fathers do, though if that something just so benefits him as well… all the better. And if Satan must use Wormwood’s best pal Jesus to do it, then so be it. But where is God in amongst all this family drama, as he would seem to be an integral part of the story? He is not doing much as it seems, except wanking off which is an in-joke by Ennis, being the atheist that he is and makes perfect sense when you think about it. The camaraderie between Jesus and Wormwood is great, if not so outspoken or boisterous. It is a quiet friendship, based upon mutual circumstances and even respect. Perhaps it is because they have more in common with each other than anyone else that the friendship works, but they have each other’s backs if nothing else. It is interesting that Wormwood holds his friendship with Jesus more important than that with his dad. Many people can relate to be sure, and it adds an intriguing element to the story that perhaps seemed doubtful to work but does. No matter your religion or convictions, the book is a satire and in the end, a really well-written story that can be enjoyed by anyone. It features great art by Jacen Burrows and could have been published by anyone as it is a really great story but just so happens to have been published by Avatar giving it a stigma it truly does not deserve. Avatar has been publishing some of the best books for the last five to ten years now, it just so happens that they are mature reader books. Do yourself a favour and check out most of their titles including, but not limited to The Chronicles of Wormwood. You owe it to yourself. 5 out of 5 http://thetelltalemind.com/2013/11/17...

  26. 4 out of 5

    Dave

    Once again, Garth Ennis solidifies his placement as my second favorite graphic novel writer EVER. Ennis somehow manages to fit everything you could ever possibly want into a storyline. From The Boys to Preacher to Chronicles Of Wormwood, we have everything from ultra-violence to hardcore sex, from dealing with serious concepts like religion and politics, to outlandish ridiculousness and much-needed humor for levity's sake. I mean, there's a talking bunny in this series, for fuck's sake. Danny Wor Once again, Garth Ennis solidifies his placement as my second favorite graphic novel writer EVER. Ennis somehow manages to fit everything you could ever possibly want into a storyline. From The Boys to Preacher to Chronicles Of Wormwood, we have everything from ultra-violence to hardcore sex, from dealing with serious concepts like religion and politics, to outlandish ridiculousness and much-needed humor for levity's sake. I mean, there's a talking bunny in this series, for fuck's sake. Danny Wormwood is the anti-christ. Yes, that anti-christ. Son of Satan, the Omen, all of that good stuff. Except long ago he's decided that he doesn't care for his father's politics or his war, and he just goes about living his life. His best friend is Jesus, who pretty much feels the same way regarding his father.. and thus we have our storyline. Christ and the anti-christ, not giving a shit about what their parents want out of them. Now of course the Devil isn't too happy about this since he wants Armageddon, and well, God... God just likes to masturbate. Read the book, you'll see. The great thing about Ennis is how he manages to fit all of this in, and yet none of it feels forced. Wormwood's pet is a talking bunny for fuck's sake, and yet you're never rolling your eyes or thinking that the book is too ridiculous. When Wormwood beats the shit out of Judas Escariot in a sex shop (trust me, I know how insane that sounds), you're still fully invested in the storyline. Ennis is a damn genius. Anyone else taking this idea on would have fucked it up beyond imagination. And I swear on my life, I will continue to purchase every single book that Jacen Burrows does with Ennis. Jacen's artwork is every single thing you could ever want - not only in any graphic novel, but especially with Garth's stories. The violence is captured perfectly, the detail is fucking outstanding (I'm pretty sure I've stared at Burrow's hugely detailed renditions of Hell and the Devil in this book for hours). These two are a damn powerhouse and I highly recommend not only picking up Chronicles Of Wormwood, but everything else Burrows and Ennis have done together. Thank you both. And another thing: I know this is super nerdy of me, but I met them both at this year's NYCC and they both signed my copy of this book :)

  27. 4 out of 5

    Liza

    This book shows a surprising sense of humor; many little details are very tongue in cheek. The storyline altogether is pretty cohesive, and the characters interestingly foil each other. One unexpected element of this graphic novel is its subtle exploration of the discussion over destiny or fate versus free will or self-determination. The protagonist of this graphic novel enacts this age old debate in the way his identity and personality manifest. This aspect of the story added a surprising depth This book shows a surprising sense of humor; many little details are very tongue in cheek. The storyline altogether is pretty cohesive, and the characters interestingly foil each other. One unexpected element of this graphic novel is its subtle exploration of the discussion over destiny or fate versus free will or self-determination. The protagonist of this graphic novel enacts this age old debate in the way his identity and personality manifest. This aspect of the story added a surprising depth to the humor, gore, perversity and general depravity found on many pages...but that's not to say that all those things aren't terribly entertaining! Sure it's childish, at times, but all those depictions of violence point to the free will choices of a great deal of humanity. Yes, there is good in the world, and I feel like it is depicted herein by Wormwoods girlfriend, whose goodness is repaid with betrayal. Cynical, yes, but all too frequently true. Ironically, I found that the character of the talking rabbit in this story seems to manifest the most human and humanistic qualities in the story. At times the rabbit is not just Wormwood's pal, it's his consciensce.

  28. 5 out of 5

    East Bay J

    Wow! The Chronicles Of Wormwood is one incredible book, folks. Danny Wormwood (the antichrist) is best friends with the second coming of Jesus, who got brain damage in an L.A. riot. His other best friend is a rabbit to whom he has given the power of speech, often to his regret. Dad (Satan) wants Danny to play his part in bringing about Armageddon but he's having none of it. The Catholic church, lead by foulmouthed Australian, Pope Jacko, wants Danny dead but God, like Satan, is more interested i Wow! The Chronicles Of Wormwood is one incredible book, folks. Danny Wormwood (the antichrist) is best friends with the second coming of Jesus, who got brain damage in an L.A. riot. His other best friend is a rabbit to whom he has given the power of speech, often to his regret. Dad (Satan) wants Danny to play his part in bringing about Armageddon but he's having none of it. The Catholic church, lead by foulmouthed Australian, Pope Jacko, wants Danny dead but God, like Satan, is more interested in letting him live to fulfill his destiny. In the midst of all this, Danny's girlfriend, Maggie, finds out he's been cheating on her with Joan Of Arc and drops him like a hot rock. Nutty? Yes! Brilliant, too! Not to mention laugh out loud funny. Writer Garth Ennis and artist Jacen Burrows have done something amazing, here. Truly excellent stuff!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Devann

    this is really probably more like 3.5 stars but i'll be generous and round up because i REALLY love the idea of this, but as usual ennis is just ...well ...himself i guess [judging from what i remember from preacher and his punisher runs]. like it's a really solid idea and plot and whatnot but it's that thing where it kind of starts out as satire/parody but then goes into stupid/offensive shit just for shock value and not because it has any kind of actual plot relevance or value. and it's not ev this is really probably more like 3.5 stars but i'll be generous and round up because i REALLY love the idea of this, but as usual ennis is just ...well ...himself i guess [judging from what i remember from preacher and his punisher runs]. like it's a really solid idea and plot and whatnot but it's that thing where it kind of starts out as satire/parody but then goes into stupid/offensive shit just for shock value and not because it has any kind of actual plot relevance or value. and it's not even actually shocking it's just like [sigh] again? seriously? which they kind of even touch on in the graphic novel but i'm like dude you're not being meta you're just being an ass really. but really A+ for general concept and also for nostalgia value - i first read this like 10 years ago. also A+ for not making jesus white, it's such a low bar to set and yet ...

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ian

    I just re-read this for the third time. Most hard-core comic book fans will be at least peripherally familiar with Garth Ennis (his current run on The Punisher is amazing, and sadly coming to a close this spring). This is some of my favorite Ennis. Its dark, funny, irreverent, and flat-out gross at times. The main character is the antichrist who refuses to bring about the end of the world. His best friend is Jay (better known as Jesus Christ) who decided he was going to make a bigger difference t I just re-read this for the third time. Most hard-core comic book fans will be at least peripherally familiar with Garth Ennis (his current run on The Punisher is amazing, and sadly coming to a close this spring). This is some of my favorite Ennis. Its dark, funny, irreverent, and flat-out gross at times. The main character is the antichrist who refuses to bring about the end of the world. His best friend is Jay (better known as Jesus Christ) who decided he was going to make a bigger difference this time around, and got some serious brain damage courtesy of the LAPD while protesting the Iraq war. Wormwood figures they get along because the both told their dads to fuck off. And it just gets better throughout.

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