Vacchelli, Carlotta: "The Sex of the Angels. Hybridization of Judeo-Christian Motifs in American and Italian Mainstream Comics." In: Simultanea 1.1 (2020)<http://italianpopcultur ... lian-mainstream-comics/>.
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Keywords: "Gea", "Hellblazer", "Preacher", Dillon. Steve, Ennis. Garth, Enoch. Luca, Horror, Intertextuality, Italy, Religion, USA
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After drawing a partial summary of the process of de-sacralization of Judeo-Christian motifs in American and Italian mainstream comics series, my article focuses on the analysis of specific features which occur in Garth Ennis’ and William Simpson’s Nativity Infernal (Hellblazer #60, DC Comics), Steve Dillon’s and Garth Ennis’ Preacher (1995-2001, Vertigo), and Luca Enoch’s Gea (1999-2007, Bonelli): the rejection of the prohibition of love between angels and devils, their sexual intercourse, and the consequent birth of a hybrid creature who becomes the epicenter of the narration. We will reflect upon the blatant profanation of sacred/biblical contents that took place in mainstream comics in both national traditions, in the 1990’s and 2000’s, supporting our conclusions through careful close readings of panels and frames, focusing on intertextuality and the use of Christian iconography – especially of Renaissance origin.
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