However, one of the fundamental flaws of the depiction of Jesus in the Second Coming series, barring the obvious second commandment violation, is that it portrays Jesus as having very clear limits to his power and knowledge, as evidenced by his being surprised by how “sideways" things have become on Earth.
“God was so upset with the fact that he got crucified the last time that he wouldn’t even let him look through the celestial keyhole at Earth to keep up,” Russel said. “He still gets to talk to people when they come to Heaven so he has a rough idea of what’s going on down there. He doesn’t know how sideways things have gone until he’s come down to Earth and sees it for himself.”
In response to the description of the blasphemous plot, a petition created by CitizenGO achieved its mission of pressuring DC to drop the comic with just half of its 500,000 signature goal.
“Can you imagine the media and political uproar if DC Comics was altering and poking fun at the story of Muhammad… or Buddha?” the petition reads, in part.
“This blasphemous content should not be tolerated,” the petition continues. “Jesus Christ is the Son of God. His story should not be ridiculed for the sake of selling comic books.”
Last week, according to Newsarama, DC responded to the overwhelmingly negative response and decided to cancel their publishing agreement with Russell.
The: DC/Vertigo’s cancellation of the orders for Second Coming, just so you know, DC did not do anything untoward to me. I asked for the rights back and they gracefully agreed. They’ve been a pleasure to work with and it will still be released, albeit with a different publisher.— Mark Russell (@Manruss) February 13, 2019
In a tweet explaining the situation, however, Russell announced that he would simply find another publisher to release his comic.