Published in 1982, X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills is the fifth of the Marvel Graphic Novel series. Written by Chris Claremont and Illustrated by Brent Anderson, the graphic novel is known for being the basis for X-Men 2003 sequel, X2.
The X-Men series is no stranger to storylines that deal with discrimination toward mutant and inhumans. X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills takes a religious perspective to the matter. Claremont and Anderson has created a tight-knit story in a little over 60 pages that features the struggles our mutant heroes have to face when confronted with a charismatic religious leader determined on eradicating all mutants.
The graphic novel was written over 30 years ago but the implications of prejudice and ignorance against minorities are still very real today. It’s sad to think that even after all the advancements humanity has achieved, this is one matter we can’t move past.
The art and imagery of the novel is very graphic, even by today’s standards. It shows domestic violence, racism, and various counts of theo-semantic imagery but all to outline the sad reality of racism and intolerance.
X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills is definitely worth a read. It is one of the many that prove comics as a viable medium in illustrating and addressing the more serious social matters of the world. Though some may claim the story one-sided, it does its job of putting into perspective the implications and consequences of discrimination and inequality. I hope for a future of coexistence where kids would read the novel and find it hard to imagine that such prejudice and hate were ever possible.