Saturday, February 23, 2008
The Atheist is not exactly what it sounds like. In the introduction, writer Phil Hester goes to great lengths to assure readers that the “slang” nickname for the title character, Antoine Sharp, is merely a reference to Sharpe’s skepticism about anything and everything. In the comic, Sharpe is many times described as a “human scalpel,” a term whose meaning will not be entirely evident until the story’s conclusion. He is in many ways the nightmarish extreme of Socratic logic, unable to believe but capable of feeling hope—hope expressed in its most abstract sense, the belief that life and living are not wastes of time. Skepticism makes Sharp ask questions. Hope gives him reason to.