Canada’s most intriguing graphic novel creator is back, and he’s got something to say, as usual.
Chester Brown’s latest book is called Mary Wept Over The Feet of Jesus, with the subtitle "Prostitution and Religious Obedience in the Bible". Like his last offering, Paying For It, it covers some difficult and controversial topics, and includes the open admission that Brown pays for sex.
Last time, he described his own experiences. This time, he adapts selected Bible stories, including "the Prodigal Son" and "Cain and Abel", to make an argument that prostitution should be acceptable now, and was acceptable in the times depicted.
Whether you agree or not, this book is remarkable. Brown’s simple line art is beautiful, the narrative is interesting and the item itself is a neat little hardback filled with annotations and text arguments.
Frankly, Brown’s work is odd and challenging. But his powers as a cartoonist and storyteller make him impossible to ignore.