"Second Coming" Comic (Photo: Twitter/@rpace)

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Feb 18, 2019 by Alyssa Duvall

DC Comics Drops Blasphemous 'Second Coming' Comic About Jesus After Massive Protest

After an outpouring of petition signatures in ardent protest, DC Comics has panned Second Coming, a comic series about Jesus Christ returning to Earth to fight evil as a superhero, alongside a character called Sun-Man, only to find that the people called by His name have forgotten His teachings.

“Witness the return of Jesus Christ, as He is sent on a most holy mission by God to learn what it takes to be the true messiah of mankind by becoming roommates with the world’s favorite savior: the all-powerful superhero Sun-Man, the Last Son of Krispex!” reads the comic's plot summary. “But when Christ returns to Earth, he’s shocked to discover what has become of his gospel — and now, he aims to set the record straight.”

The series' creator is Mark Russell, an "exvangelical" who argues that it is modern Western Christianity's depiction of Jesus that is incorrect, not his irreverent comic's.

“The Christian religion doesn’t really base itself on what he taught, particularly in the modern Evangelical megachurches,” said Christian-raised Russell to Bleeding Cool.

“They have him more as a mascot on t-shirts to prove they’re on the winning team. [Second Coming] is about Jesus coming down and being appalled by what he sees has been done in his name by Christianity in the last two thousand years," Russell continues. "He goes by a megachurch and they have a billboard of this Tom Brady-looking Jesus Christ throwing a football and he doesn’t even recognize himself which is a metaphor for him not recognizing what’s been done with the religion that bears his name.”

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.

In a tweet explaining the situation, however, Russell announced that he would simply find another publisher to release his comic.



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