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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:

  • Abusive Parents: Heavily implied to be the case with Julian to Tristan. At best, he's just neglectful, but Tristan says that his mother was the only one who could make him into anything resembling a decent man. After her death, he just got worse.
  • 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.
  • Biblical Bad Guy: Wick who claims to be the God of the Old Testament mentioned in the Bible with the power to back up the claim.
  • Big Bad: Wick is the main villain, of course.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: Inverted. Wick's brethren, Unan and Filt are the Big Good Duumvirate, who unlike him, love their creation and want to save humanity.
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  • Big Red Devil: One of Wick's brothers looks like this. Ironically, he's one of the good guys.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Wick is defeated by his brothers and sealed away, but he vows to return again someday when someone else dreams of him, and the deaths of billions and the damage done to the world cannot be reversed.
  • 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.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Wick readily admits that he torments humanity not as a test of their faith, but For the Evulz, and compares himself to the Devil of the Bible, being prideful, vengeful, etc.
  • Devil, but No God: Inverted. According to Wick, the Devil is a purely fictional idea and that there is only him and his brothers, effectively making it so Wick is both God and the Devil as lampshaded himself.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: All over the place, to the point, in fact, that Wick's entire rampage is this.
    • Julian's dinner guests won't believe Wick when he says he's God? He'll kill them all gruesomely.
    • A woman tries to shush the goth girl for standing up to Wick? He drops a giant brick on her.
    • Nobody builds the pyramid fast enough? Summon a plague of locusts and blot out the sun.
    • The same goth girl asks him what he's doing as he's starting to unmake the world? He snaps his fingers and erases her from existence.
  • Dysfunctional Family: Julian and Tristan aren't exactly the best father/son duo.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Though Julian freed Wick from his prison and just sat by content to let him do whatever he wants, he eventually thinks Wick has gone too far by murdering the young woman he seemed to actually like.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Wick, to the point where he's mistaken for an actor or a performance artist until he gets serious.
  • Facepalm: After giving a long "The Reason You Suck" Speech to the dinner guests, expressing his disappointment with humanity for being too civilized, one guest still thinks he's just an actor. He can only clutch his face in annoyance.
    Wick: Hopeless.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Lampshaded, regarding Wick. He'll start out playing along with crowds and will charm them if he finds them amusing enough, but as soon as they do something that displeases him, the results are predictable.
    Tristan: So there's no rhyme or reason here. He's charming. Mysterious. And apparently a real asshole.
  • For the Evulz: Seemingly, Wick thinks his creation should exist for this purpose alone. It's also why he flooded the earth and tormented Job, the latter of which he still considers hilarious.
  • God Is Evil: Wick. BIG. TIME. He does whatever he wants on a whim, because he finds it amusing and doesn't care one bit about ending human suffering.
  • Hate Sink: As the story is intended to be a criticism of organized religion, no matter how funny or even badass he can be, Wick embodies almost all the negative traits associated with the Biblical god and as such, is little more than a detestable, entitled, arrogant Psychopathic Manchild who just so happens to have seemingly infinite power.
  • 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.
  • In Mysterious Ways: Said by Wick when Julian asks him why he doesn't drive.
  • Ironic Hell: According to Wick, as the Father of Colors, he was sealed away in a colorless void by his brothers when his destructive appetites went too far.
  • 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.
  • Knight Templar: Inverted with Wick. He's out to destroy the human race for not being evil.
  • Laughably Evil: On occasion, Wick is pretty funny, usually when he's doing or is about to do something unspeakable.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Wick has to be the WICKEDEST character ever!
    • Julian's surname is "Demond", meaning "of the world". Wick lampshades this when he asks if Julian wants the world to belong to him.
  • Misanthrope Supreme: Julian despises the rest of the world, standing by as Wick does unspeakable damage to it and helps him find new places to destroy. At the end, he thinks Wick has gone too far and is tired of his impulsive, senseless acts of destruction and hedonism, and he doesn't know if he hates the world any less after what Wick has done to it.
  • 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.
  • Moral Event Horizon: In-Universe, the story of Job was considered this to Wick's brothers, and the reason why he was imprisoned for 2,000 years.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Wick attempts to annihilate all life 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.
  • 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. His divine brothers are the same, but noticeably more benevolent towards mankind and even sealed God away the first time around before doing so again.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: To put it mildly, Wick is a petulant, genocidal, entitled asshole throwing a global temper tantrum and treating humanity like playthings that he'll dispose of when they displease him.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: The plot is kicked off by Julian freeing Wick from his pyramid-shaped prison, a colorless void where he was sealed away by his brothers.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: Wick, despite being God from the Old Testament, is colorful not just in appearance, but in his vernacular.
    Wick: I have prepared my response. To use the parlance... (grabs St. Peter's Basilica and crushes it) FUCK YOU.
  • 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. A number errors he pointed out were how there's no afterlife, how he started the Flood and he started it not because humanity had become evil but out of curiosity, how he didn't destroy Sodom and Gomorrah but it was destroyed during a fight with his brethren, how he never turned Lot's wife to salt, and how he completely wanted Abraham to kill his son to prove his love to Wick but was stopped by his brethren. He still liked reading it, though.
  • You Got Guts: A goth girl in the crowd in San Francisco tells off Wick when he tries to force them to build a pyramid. Wick takes a liking to her and spares her ... for the time being.
  • 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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