BOOK REVIEW: Captain Absolutely: Battle against Dr. Relative

Captain Absolutely has become one of my favorite resources to help kids grasp apologetics. There are six villains, each representing an intellectual challenge to Christianity.

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The main villain is Dr. Relative, which as the name implies believes there is no absolute truth. The Captain also battles Farmer Vile, who uses anger to distract citizens in his effort to steal land. Then there is Cap’n Crastin who uses television to keep people’s minds off God. Baron Von Confuser aims to confuse people while Fear Chemist tries to paralyze people with fear. One of the best characters was Unifer, who tries to get people to follow his way, not God’s way. Together they call themselves the Legion.

It is quite a humorous narrative as it follows the fate of two friends/co-workers in a library who were involved in a nuclear explosion and ended up in different sections of the building. The hero has found a stack of Bibles hidden in the basement while the villain is trapped in the philosophy section.

Each panel can work as a short comic adventure but they also tie into an overarching story.

The hero finds his much-needed side kick in teenager (and recent Christian convert) Hana. She is “on fire” for God and helps the Captain battle the evil elements.

All in all this fun comic action story opens kids’ eyes to the different ways we can get distracted from God. Plus, kids love comics. My 8-year-old won’t put this one down. I think she even puts it under her pillow.

There are also positive messages that are reinforced during the Captain’s own journey to a deeper faith. These include our need to repent, accept Christ, forgive, find companionship of other Christians, as well as recognize the lies in the world.

At the end of the book there are some Big Questions presented to the readers as well as the Bible verses where they can find the answers.

I highly recommend this book to kids seven and up.

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