Welcome to Life After Eden by Dan Lietha
Type: Christian, Creation/Evolution
Basic Idea: A series of comics made to teach and encourage Christian doctrines, as well as humorously portray biblical “what-ifs.”
Stories: 4½/5 Amazing: The book contains both comics and writings from the author on why he does certain things. The comics are intelligent, logical, and occasionally cute. The doctrines of Christianity are defended quite well, explaining ideas such as how dinosaurs fit on the ark, why it is better to believe in a literal six day creation and a world wide flood as oppose to more liberal ideas, and why no one is good enough to earn their way to heaven. Not all of the comics are necessarily made for thinking, though, there are several comics made just for pure fun and entertainment.
The writings explain what the creator believes, where his ideas come from, and why he does certain things in his comics. One who wants to learn more about the After Eden comic as a whole or maybe a bit about what it is like to do his work will enjoy reading it.
Graphics: 4/5 Well Done: The art’s strength was its simple, realistic look. Though not overly detailed, people and objects were realistic and proportional, causing the comic’s art to do its job without overwhelming the comic or taking away from it.
Moral: 5/5 Excellent Morals: After Eden goes beyond teaching morals and branches into teaching Christian doctrines and apologetics. Ideas such as salvation, Biblical creation, and the flood are clearly and logically defended. The creator also makes biblical characters like Adam, Eve, Cain, and Methuselah seem more like real people. In his writings, he promotes godly values, such as being kind and polite in when approaching the lost. Overall, the comic is full biblical of morals and teachings that everyone can apply to their life, especially Christians.
Overall: 4½/5 Amazing: This comic is strongly recommended for people of all ages and genders. Adults and children will laugh and think through this book, as well as learn some things about the creator and his ideas.
Sexual and Inappropriate Content: 1/5 Some Light Suggestive Content: A baby’s bare bottom can be seen once. It is said and shown that plants “are good way” to draw Adam and Eve before sin. A girl asks her mom “How could Adam & Eve have been in their ‘birthday suits’ when they were never born?” Adam and Eve kiss and hug once each, and once the two of them kissing is mentioned in speech.
Violence: 1/5 Light, Brief Cartoon Violence: A woman gets hurt off page by some rose thorns. A dinosaur bites another dinosaur in the neck. A boy pushes another boy. Some kids can be seen pulling a raccoon between them. High heels are shown to be painful.
Swearing and Using the Lord’s Name in Vain: 0/5 None
Emotional, Intense, and Disturbing Content: 1/5 Slightly Emotional Content: It is mentioned that a woman died, and a man sheds a tear. A woman cries because of something unknown that her husband said. There is mention of that sin causes death, pain, and disease. A man sits in bed sick with spots and a thermometer. It is mentioned that a real person got surgery. Dead animals are shown twice, and once an opossum plays dead. A fish eats another fish. A man’s tooth falls out. A fire burns in the background of one picture. The phrase “world war” is used. Adam and Eve’s gravestones are shown. A dinosaur is shown about to step on a man. Bees chase a frightened woman. A saber toothed tiger chases a man. There is mention of 9/11 and that cartoonists have paid their respects to it.
Religious Issues: ½/5 Brief Mention and One Error: The NIV Bible version is used. Things like evolution, multiple false creation theories, false flood theories, and the idea that the earth is your mother are all mentioned, but they are always viewed as untrue or negatively. There is a picture of a fish that becomes a frog creature, but it says this could not happen. There is a TV that can be seen showing the evolution progression. Charles Darwin is mentioned at least twice. Cloning is mentioned twice.
Magic: 0/5 None
Others: An unsaved man that appears in once comic wears an earring. The movies and TV series Ice Age, Evolution, and Walking with Dinosaurs are all mentioned, as well as a general reference to reality TV shows.
Overall: 1/5 All Ages Appropriate: Very little in the comic can be found to be objectionable, most of the content being used for humor or occasionally as a sign of sin. Some parents may want to wait until their children reach a certain age before they learn about things like evolution or faulty flood theories, but it is good for parents to be aware that all of these things are presented as wrong and illogical. Once a parent believes their child is old enough to be aware of such things, I believe that any child could read it and would benefit greatly from it. The recommended age is seven and older.