Grant Morrison’s most startling issue on Animal Man came just five issues into the series in a story called The Coyote Gospel. In it, Morrison introduced the world to Crafty, a former cartoon character that gets sent to the world of comic books. It turns out that Crafty made a deal with his cartoon world’s “creator” to end the cycle of violence in his world, but the creator forced him to suffer in the world of comics in exchange for the peace of his world.

Morrison made Crafty an allegory for Christ as he was made to suffer in order to bring peace to his people. While most comic fans may not think of religious metaphors when they pick up these books, Morrison put it in anyway and, in turn, crafted one of the most intelligent single issues of a comic book ever.

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