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Comic Book / Clive Barker's Next Testament

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Clive Barker's Next Testament is a supernatural horror comic book miniseries written by (obviously) Clive Barker, co-written by his friend Mark Miller and published by Boom! Studios.

Well-known professor Julian Demond, who was known to be not too keen about religion, ends up finding himself on the path to finding God himself. However, God is not a bearded white man in a white robe. He's a living being made of multiple colors capable of levitating. And he doesn't call himself God. Instead, he calls himself Wick. And he claims several things, such as the invention of the English language and how the events in the Bible itself are pretty fictional. It doesn't take long for Julian to realize he's bitten off more than he can chew.

Meanwhile, Julian's son, Tristan, and his fiancée, Elspeth, soon find out what his father has gotten himself into and race to figure out how to stop Wick before the worst can happen.


This comic book miniseries contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Babies Ever After: A year after Wick's rampage, Tristan and Elspeth are living at the library with a baby on the way.
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: Wick (thankfully). He does engage in an orgy at one point, though, in spite of his apparent lack of any vital parts.
  • Big Bad: Wick is the main villain, of course.
  • Bright Is Not Good: Wick, the Father of Colors aka God the Father from the Old Testament, is a kaleidoscopic creature whose whole body is covered in vibrant colors. However, he's a malevolent, impulsive, hedonistic deity who harbors nothing but ill will for all humanity.
  • Dysfunctional Family: Julian and Tristan aren't exactly the best father/son duo.
  • God Is Evil: Wick. BIG. TIME.
  • Humans Are Flawed: After Wick launches the apocalypse, his two divine brothers Unan and Filt counter Wick's diatribe that Humans Are Bastards by pointing out what that says about them as creators. Humans are necessarily flawed, because that is all the three of them managed to create.
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  • It's All About Me: Wick is a spoiled sociopath who thinks everything revolves around him.
  • Kill All Humans: What Wick decides to do to the human race in the end.
  • Meaningful Name: Wick has to be the WICKEDEST character ever!
  • Missing Mom: Tristan's mom and Julian's (first) wife. Apparently, their connection with each other died the same day she did.
    Tristan: My mom was the only person in the world who could keep him on point. When she died, so did any chance of him being a decent person.
  • Physical God: God is a brightly-colored creature who, after being released from his slumber, walks the Earth to convert people and perform "miracles" everywhere. This is a VERY bad thing.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Wick attempts to annihilate humanity after he sees nothing on Earth that is worth saving to his mind.
  • Our Gods Are Different: Compare Wick and his brethren to the usual interpretation of gods. Just do it.
  • Very Loosely Based on a True Story: An in-universe example. Wick claims in Issue #2 that this is the case for the events of the Holy Bible. He still liked reading it, though.
  • Your Head A-Splode: What happens to a woman at a dinner party when Wick doesn't like her attitude. It's about as nasty-looking as you'd think.


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