Boxers and Saints
Publisher: First Second
Series Year: 2013
Published Year: 2013
Artist: Gene Luen Yang
Contributor(s): Elizabeth Coody,
How does this comic relate to a sacred text?
The Name of Text: The Bible, New Testament, Gospels, John
The relation: Story plot in comic reflects a plot in a sacred text
Act from a sacred text is in the comic
Scripture was quoted in comic
Objects representing sacred text are present
A person/deity from a sacred text is present
A name of a person/deity in a sacred text is referred to
Main Character: Four-Girl/Vibiana, Dr. Won, Joan of Arc, Jesus
Summary: In this companion volume to "Boxers," Yang tells the story of an unwanted daughter called "Four-Girl" who finds belonging in a Christian community. But the conflicts between the bands of young men trying to reclaim their nation from Westerners and Christians threaten her new identity.
Entry: Christian Dr. Won reads to Four-Girl (later named Vibiana) from the Bible at her request; she asks about Jesus and he decides to "begin with the beginning" (33). She is bored by the story of John the Baptist quoting Isaiah, and the story of Jesus's baptism (34-35), but she returns to hear many other stories, including the stone being rolled away from the tomb (47). She also learns to pray the Our Father/Lord's Prayer. The story of Joan of Arc (though not canonical) plays a pivotal role in this story as well. Father Bey quotes the Gospels in the context of the the Eucharist and sees "blood and water" from the side of a dying friend (147, 149). In a vision, Jesus tells Vibiana the story of the Good Samaritan (154-155) before the art shows his crucifixion and resurrection.