Testament (comics)

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Cover to Testament #1.
Publication information
Publisher Vertigo
Schedule Monthly
Format Ongoing series
Publication date February 2006 – March 2008
No. of issues 22
Creative team
Created by Douglas Rushkoff
Liam Sharp
Written by Douglas Rushkoff
Penciller(s) Liam Sharp
Peter Gross
Dean Ormston
Inker(s) Liam Sharp
Gary Erskine
Dean Ormston
Mark Pennington
Letterer(s) Jared Fletcher
Todd Klein
Colorist(s) Jamie Grant
James Devlin
Editor(s) Pornsak Pichetshote
Jonathan Vankin
Bob Harras
Collected editions
Akedah ISBN 978-1-4012-1063-2
West of Eden ISBN 1-4012-1201-8
Babel ISBN 1-4012-1496-7
Exodus ISBN 1-4012-1811-3

Testament was an American comic book series written by Douglas Rushkoff[1][2] with art and covers by Liam Sharp.[3][4] It was published from February 2006 to March 2008 under DC Comics' Vertigo imprint.

The story takes place simultaneously in the near future and the biblical past to illustrate the most prominent theme: that history repeats itself. This is done by juxtaposing the two timelines, the purpose of which seems to be to illustrate that religion is a continually evolving, living story that is being written by how people, and specifically the protagonists, live their daily lives. Other themes include increasing numbers of fascist governments, human rights, technology, and information economics in the form of a global currency, manna.


In the near future grad student Jake Stern and his conscientious objector friends fight against the new RFID-based universal draft by attempting to access the collective unconscious through an experimental combination of the hallucinogenic preparation ayahuasca and shared sensory deprivation tank experiences. The near future story is mirrored through the history-repeats-itself idea as biblical narrative based on Torah, various Jewish and Christian apocrypha, and elements of other mythologies. One major departure from Judeo-Christian tradition in Testament is the separation of The One True God into two entities who in the story are represented by the God Elijah, who represents the Abrahamic One True God, and a new entity of the author's invention which he calls The One True God. Much of the action in the story is driven by situations and characters being manipulated by the various gods as they battle for dominion over existence.

Story arcs[edit]

  • Abraham of Ur: Issues #1–5
  • West of Eden: Issues #6–7
  • Down to Egypt: Issues #8–10
  • Shit Happens: The Book of Job: Issue #11
  • Trip Reset: The Rape of Dinah: Issue #12
  • Babel: Issues #13–16
  • Blood Brother: Issues #17–18
  • Exodus: Issues #19–22


There are two stories being told, one in the Biblical historical past, the other in the near future.

Biblical characters[edit]

  • Abraham, patriarch of the Israelite religion
  • Astarte, Semitic goddess of fertility, sexuality, and war
  • Isaac, Abraham's son, whom he is called on to sacrifice
  • Melchizedek Biblical character who appeared to Abraham, here a deity representing the merciful Abrahamic God
  • Moloch, Phoenician god of the sacrifice of young children, here a deity representing the malevolent aspects of the Abrahamic God
  • Sarah, Abraham's wife

Near-future characters[edit]

  • Jake Stern, graduate student caught in the middle of the conflict over a near future National RFID Trace system
  • Alan Stern, Jake's father, a researcher at Brookhaven National Laboratory (Center For Functional Nanomaterials)
  • Amos, leader of Jake's rebel friends at the Temple
  • Greco, who makes propaganda for the Temple
  • Dinah, Jake's underage friend who makes potions for the Temple
  • Other unnamed Temple resident who acts as doorman and wears a "Juan Kerr" shirt
  • Miriam, Jake's ex-girlfriend and fellow grad student, dedicated to changing the system using above the board methods
  • Alan's colleague Dr. Green, who helped develop the RFID system, originally intended to trace soldiers in the field

Collected editions[edit]

The series is being collected into a number of trade paperbacks:

# Title ISBN Release date Collected material
1 Testament: Akedah ISBN 978-1-4012-1063-2 July 26, 2006 Testament #1–5.
2 Testament: West of Eden ISBN 1-4012-1201-8 January 17, 2007 Testament #6–10
3 Testament: Babel ISBN 1-4012-1496-7 November 7, 2007 Testament #11–16
4 Testament: Exodus ISBN 1-4012-1811-3 August 5, 2008 Testament #17–22

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