Church of Humanity (comics)

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Church of Humanity
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Uncanny X-Men #395 (2001)
Created by Joe Casey
Chuck Austen
Ian Churchill
In-story information
Type of organization Religious cult/Terrorist
Leader(s) Supreme Pontiff
Agent(s) General Vicar
Mister Clean

The Church of Humanity is a fictional anti-mutant, Christian-based religious sect/hate group appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. It was created by Joe Casey, though Uncanny X-Men writer Chuck Austen featured the cult in a controversial storyline which involved an elaborate plan to install the recently ordained Nightcrawler as Pope and stage a false Rapture using incendiary communion wafers as part of a plot to topple the Catholic Church (although the Rapture, as a concept, is not considered valid by Catholicism).

Fictional team history[edit]

The Church of Humanity preaches that man is created in God's image, but mutants are not. They are the more radical offshoot of the Friends of Humanity anti-mutant group, but with a religious discourse, similar to the Purifiers, the followers of Reverend William Stryker. The Church of Humanity is similar to real-life white supremacist religious groups such as the Christian Identity movement.[1]

The Church of Humanity crucified some mutants on the lawn on the X-Mansion including Skin, Magma and Jubilee. Archangel used his healing blood to revive Magma and Jubilee, but, apparently, Skin, among several others didn't have the same luck. The X-Men investigate and find the headquarters of the Church of Humanity.[2]

Members[edit]

  • Supreme Pontiff is the leader of the Church of Humanity.[3]
  • General Vicar.
  • Mister Clean.
  • Mutant 143

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The psychology of superheroes" (PDF). Internal.psychology.illinois.edu. Retrieved 2015-05-14. 
  2. ^ Weiner, Robert G. (2008). Marvel graphic novels and related publications: an annotated guide to comics, prose novels, children's books, articles, criticism and reference works. McFarland. p. 105. ISBN 978-0-7864-2500-6. Retrieved March 26, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Marvel Comics Solicitations for product shipping November, 2001". Comicbookresources.com. Retrieved 2015-05-14. 

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