Altar Boy (Brian Kinney)

The Religious Affiliation of
Altar Boy
Brian Kinney

Religion: Catholic CBR Scale: I

Name: Altar Boy

Alter Ego: Brian Kinney

Other Names: Brian Thomas Kinney; Confessor; Confessor II

Classification: hero hero  

Publisher(s): Homage Image

First Appearance: Kurt Busiek's Astro City (vol. 2) #4 (Dec. 1996): "New Kid in Town"

First Appearance (Additional Details): (as Altar Boy) Kurt Busiek's Astro City (vol. 2) #5 (Jan. 1997): "Learning the Game"

Creators: Kurt Busiek, Brent Anderson, Will Blyberg

Super? (Has Super Powers/Special Abilities/Technology): Yes

Number of Appearances: 8

Gender: male

Note: sidekick of Confessor


From: "Catholic Clix - Comic info needed!" forum discussion, started 3 May 2003 on the HCRealms website (; viewed 24 May 2007):

05/03/2003, 21:04

Ok, so in recent films it's been apparent that Daredevil and Nightcrawler are Catholic...

So, who else out there could be fielded in a "Catholic" Heroclix team?

Hatut Zeraze
05/04/2003, 23:42

Cool clix they could make that might fit the bill could come from Astro City: The Confessor and Altar Boy would certainly apply. The Crossbreed might, although, I picture those guys more as non-denominational Christians.

From: "Religious Inclinations of heroes" forum discussion, started 1 March 2005 on the website (; viewed 8 June 2006):

Posted: Tue Mar 01, 2005 6:38 pm

Post subject: Religious Inclinations of heroes

What about other heroes? I notice religion rarely plays a part in mainstream superhero comics (absent things like the Vertigo line) but have you ever picked up on hints or outright admissions by some heroes as to their religious inclinations?

Seems that atheistic heroes are as rare in comics as in real life. If they are religious it's a sort Judeo-Christian wishy washy sort of religion... Any other examples of guesses?

Battlehymn Republic
Posted: Tue Mar 01, 2005 7:57 pm

Perhaps I should make a thread only about the comic or religious comics in general, but has anyone read Astro City: Confession? The main character is Altar Boy, the sidekick of the Confessor, who's Catholic. There's also a born-again bunch named the Crossbreed.

From: "Religions of super heroes" forum discussion, started 14 August 2006 on the Wizard Universe website (; viewed 25 May 2007):

G:The Last Man
Aug 15 2006, 09:46 AM

Astro City had a pretty cool religious superhero duo!

I always thought that the Confessor and Altar Boy were great superheroes that tied in heavily to Catholic religion... A priest who at the same time was a vampire was an interesting twist!!!

From: "Legion of Atheist Super-Heroes" forum discussion, started 17 November 2006 on the Comic Book Resources website (; viewed 30 May 2007):

11-17-2006, 05:19 PM

Fish Sauce
11-18-2006, 04:30 AM

They really need to put Astro City's Confessor in there somewhere. If that's not religious, I don't know what is.

I mean he called his sidekick Altar Boy.

This character is in the following 2 stories which have been indexed by this website:
Kurt Busiek's Astro City

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