My office couldn’t decide whether he’d discarded his helmet because it wasn’t conducive to having a halo or because he had risen from the dead… in which case it should probably have been Zombie Jesus on Mars??
@Mary – Jesus isn’t really a zombie. See, that whole rising from the dead eating living people thing is a Hollywood creation – which is a mix of course of vampire mythology and ghouls, the latter being 100% supernatural beings that hang out in graveyards eating the flesh of dead people (and only dead people despite what some tv shows would have you believe). Real zombies are living, breathing people who are controlled by a spell/potion. Best example of this is the movie White Zombie staring Bela Lugosi. With the whole rising from the dead thing, not to mention the stuff at the Last Supper with the “this is my blood”, Jesus’ rising from the dead more closely resembles the mythology of vampires.
So basically, the people of Mars and Captain Simian there need to check their old buddy Christ there for fangs.
Well, really, the story takes place UNDER Mars, and contains no monkeys whatsoever from what I can recall. Here Jesus is almost certainly an alien from the depths of space who has been leading a small colony of humans in a martian cave for the last 2000 years. It’s interesting examination of what Christianity had stayed the slightly reformed version of Judaism suggested by Jesus’ teachings. Worth reading again.
I think Jesus flew on a space ship to get to Mars and the monkey was his pilot. Jesus brought flowers and gifts a gesture of goodwill for the Martians. He even brought his own cross to show them what he had to go through on Earth. But once he got on the surface he was like “Hey, where is everybody?”
@B’mancer: reminds me of the old Carol Burnett sketch where she had the dress made out of curtains, with curtain rod still in it. He’s not actually on a cross, that’s just the beam the curtains were hanging on.