There aren’t many manga that are based on faith, the Bible, and Christianity. The few that exist are poorly drawn, not complete, or are just not very good. When I received a review copy of Shelter of Wings: The Master’s Bench from one of the authors, Lisa, I was excited to finally find a new title I could recommend, in addition to Manga Messiah. I hope you’ll purchase a copy for yourself and others who love manga or love God, or both.
Angels-versus-demons is how the story opens up, with Satan’s army being beaten back by God’s angelic host. These demons want to release a seal that will let loose angels who turned on God. While that side-story is going on, we are taken to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and introduced to Jenna and Sam, who are brother and sister. Jenna is an artist who is skilled enough to have art requests from her peers. Sam cares about his sister and is very smart, even aspiring to be a tutor at their school. As demons begin to monitor Jenna, who is starting to manifest a desire to seek after God’s kingdom through her art, she becomes a target for nefarious plans to the point that the demons plot her death.
Soon enough, she meets her guardian angel, Mosirashek, who begins to explain that her life has meaning, even though she doesn’t feel the same way. Jenna thinks her brother is the best, and she is far from qualified to do anything for God. After his short introduction, Mosirashek disappears and the story focuses on several angels by the names of Temus, Eben, Zehuran, Verik, and Ramvis. As worship continues in Heaven, demons are trying to get their hands on an ancient scroll that could spell disaster for God’s angelic hosts. Jenna is caught in the middle, trying to figure herself out while she meets new friends and discovers more of her past.