“With comics, the fact that we’re dealing with ultimate questions of good versus evil — all of those things that we wrestle with in theology — it makes it a natural place for those to be part of any important story.” — Greg Garrett, author of Holy Superheroes! Exploring Faith & Spirituality in Comic Books
As fallen humans grappling with injustice and mundane duties from day to day, it is sometimes a relief to immerse ourselves in stories of crime-fighting larger-than-life characters, who demonstrate all-too-human frailty while rising above shattered pasts and deadly enemies. Some of them have superpowers, reminiscent of angelic powers and of preternatural gifts which humans once possessed, such as bodily immortality. Yet, they are usually depicted as very much a part of our broken world, and they too require a divine Savior.
The most well-researched site on the religious affiliations of comic book characters is Adherents.com; another detailed database is hosted at Comic Book Religion. Here are some of the many Catholic comic book heroes and villains listed on the former site: