Sure. It starts off like some kind of stand-up comedian’s dated joke. Something funny that Rodney Dangerfield might have told an audience in Las Vegas once upon a time. Or maybe it was George Carlin in New York. Or George Burns in Los Angeles. It could have been Don Rickles in Chicago or Bob Hope in Honolulu.
In any case, as dated as it may have been, it was funny.
“A priest, a minister and a rabbi walk into a bar…”
With Unfinished Business, the new graphic novel by legendary author, historian, editor and comic book executive, Paul Levitz (Legion of Super-Heroes, The Golden Age of DC Comics, 75 Years of DC Comics: The Art of Modern Mythmaking, Brooklyn Blood) and lavishly illustrated by Simon Fraser (Kingsman, Doctor Who, 2000 AD), the three faith leaders are less the beginning of a punchline and more the beginning of a societal understanding.
Oh. Did I mention that they were all dead?
No, this isn’t a zombie apocalypse story.
Unfinished Business is a dark mystery that examines science and faith, life and death and the society in which we live, through the lens of three different, but similar religions. Here, it’s the hereafter that has some things it needs to conclude. With the three dead clerics as sort of employees of the afterlife, they need to unravel the mysteries of their own deaths in order to find peace. Or, you know, oblivion.
Levitz, whom long-time comic book readers will remember with a smile, as he penned the acclaimed “Great Darkness” saga in the pages of 1980’s Legion of Super-Heroes, has written a story that is as universal as it is timely. It’s a somewhat strange sight to see Levitz published by Dark Horse Comics, as he worked for DC for over three decades in various roles including a successful turn as President of the company. But DC Comics is undergoing its own directional changes of late and Dark Horse Comics has always been a champion of great stories. Unfinished Business continues that amazing tradition. Alongside Simon Fraser’s wonderfully evocative art, the hardcover book is a true marvel.
You can catch a sneak preview of Unfinished Business right here.
Make the run to your local comic book shop of better bookstore today and pick up your very own Unfinished Business. Discover that the answer to a great societal tease in “A priest, a minister and a rabbit walk into a bar…”.
It’s got nothing to do with a pretty funny joke (even though we could all use one early on a Wednesday morning).