The people at Focus On The Family are dedicated to helping families thrive by providing help and resources for married couples and parents. They support families as they seek to teach their children about God and His design for the family as well as equipping themselves to make a greater difference in the lives of those around them. One way Focus On The Family has been a help to families teaching their children about God is through a popular series of theirs called “Adventures in Odyssey”. My son loved when he used to get these magazines in the mail (he’s much older now so we no longer subscribe to them). He was so happy to hear we would have a chance to review a Christian comic book that was created called Captain Absolutely.
Captain Absolutely is a new comic book that is based on a character from the “Adventures in Odyssey” series. It was created by Wooten Z. Basset. It was published April 1, 2017, and is a 105 page soft cover book. Captain Absolutely can be purchased from the Focus On The Family website or from Tyndale. It “entertains and engages the kids imaginations while helping them grasp the role of God’s Word and truth in making life’s decisions”. Through “posing vital questions about eternal truth”, Captain Absolutely helps children from 3rd grade and up to discern how to stand firm in their faith in the midst of opposition.
How did Captain Absolutely come to be? The story starts out with two friends that are librarians in the city of Metropolitanville. One is name Josiah King and the other one is Darren Gray. All was fine in the library until… there was an EXPLOSION. Josiah ended up being thrown in one section of the library with books that he had never seen before. It was a row of different copies of the Bible. Why were they hidden away? Hmmm….
Darren was thrown into the philosophy section of the library. His mind got filled with all sorts of nonsense from books talking about “Truth? what Truth?”, “No Truth”, “My Truth”, “Truth Hurts”, ect. Looking at those titles can give you a headache. I would have gone CRAZY getting stuck in that section. While each of them were stuck in these different reading sections, neither of them noticed the toxic fumes that had entered the rooms. In a nutshell this is how Captain Absolutely and his nemesis Dr. Relative came to be.
My son loved reading Captain Absolutely. It was full of excitement, action, and adventure. Within the frames were comments and jokes from the writer, as well as scripture references. In the story Metropolitanville is “a city without the sense of right or wrong”. My son said he could see the comparison of different character qualities of people in real life. Captain Absolutely was on a mission to defend truth and justice. No one in the city knew what truth was nor about God. In order to get absolute truth into the minds of the people, he had to fight other villains along with Dr. Relative.
My son thought it was cool how all the bad guys represented the different struggles and problems in people. Some examples are Cap’n Crastin on the PCN television Network, the Fear Chemist, Baron Von Confuser, and Nurse Grudge to name a few (you can learn more details about all the characters in the back of the book). At some point the villains were all in jail together, and plotted a way to escape. They wanted to stop Captain Absolutely from spreading the truth of God’s Word so they could further corrupt people’s minds. A good part in the story was how another character got saved and teamed up with Captain Absolutely. We don’t want to give away all the details. Another great feature is the section in the back called “Big Questions”. This is great for digging deeper in God’s Words and having further discussions. If your kids love comics, and you like the idea of a more positive message, head on over to order them a copy of Captain Absolutely.
Thank you for taking the time to read my review. Other members of the Homeschool Review Crew also had the chance to let their kids read Captain Absolutely from Focus On The Family. Click on the banner below to read what they thought.
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