I've enjoyed American Virgin from the very first issue, but it occurred to me after reading this issue that I'm only beginning to understand it now. The book has been a brutally frank examination of western culture in terms of religion, sexuality and media, but now I see that this is actually a rather traditional parable about a prophet being tested by God. Adam's story mirrors those from the Bible of people God tasked with impossible and socially embarrassing missions or destinies. Abraham was asked to sacrifice his son purely on faith. Joseph was asked to accept a wife carrying a child that was not his own. Angels don't come down and ask men and women to do great things and lead people; they ask them to do strange, inexplicable things. They prove their faith and worth by overcoming what's asked of them, not by achieving. Adam is in the same position here, complete with angelic messenger. Read Full Review
This is one of those very unique first issues that give no indication of how the series might play out. This could become another Preacher, or it could become something very different and unique. I can't wait to see in what direction American Virgin goes. Read Full Review
Relevant and topical in ways you'd least expect, this is a book that will appeal to those who loved the movie Saved! for all the right reasons, and also inspire a meditative moment in anyone who regularly reads the newspaper. Thoughtful and poignant, Seagle and Cloonan's American Virgin is the next great success from Vertigo. Read Full Review
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