Deflocked (12/19/10)

Oh, hell no. At a time when most comics are content to show Christmas trees or, in a few more radical instances, allude to Jesus, Deflocked decides to go all fire and brimstone on us. The strip’s reference to damnation is jarring, to say the least. Consider the messages one typically hears during the holidays: shop, hang lights, celebrate family, embrace a vague spirituality, shop some more. The cynical among us see a bonanza of crass commercialism while the sentimental among us see a community connected by hope, faith, and the possibility of redemption. Only the truly twisted among us see a righteous hand from heaven that forces us to choose between a difficult (if ultimately rewarding) path and hellfire.

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