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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

The Matrix: Return of the Prodigal Son The Matrix
"Return of the Prodigal Son"
Online comic
Story and art by Greg Ruth


A two-bit hood thinks he's finally seen the light.


Read Part 1 of the story at Deviant Art

Read Part 2 of the story at Deviant Art


Didja Know?


This story originally appeared in two parts on the official Matrix website in 2002.


The title of this story, "Return of the Prodigal Son", refers to the parable of the prodigal son told by Jesus in the Bible. 


Characters appearing or mentioned in this story




two Zion operatives (unnamed)

Boss Kaplan

Agent (unnamed)

Tony (dies in this story)

Jimmy "Fingers" Scarvone

Carlos (dies in this story)


Father Mike

Victor Scagnetti (mentioned only, deceased)


Didja Notice?


At the end of the story, after his unexplained experiences with the red pill operatives and the Agent, Jimmy the criminal seems to decide to turn back to the abandoned Christianity of his childhood (hence the title "Return of the Prodigal Son"), musing, "After all, weren't the apostles thieves and murderous men?" The twelve apostles of Jesus to whom he is presumably referring are not generally considered to have been criminals of that sort, though a few of them had somewhat checkered pasts.


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