A month after DC Comics canceled the publication of Second Coming, a satirical comic book series featuring Jesus Christ, after backlash from Christians, Ahoy Comics announced it will be publishing the six-part series this summer.
“On July 10, 2019, AHOY Comics will publish the debut issue of the 6-part SECOND COMING comic book series, featuring covers by the award-winning artist Amanda Conner,” the publisher said Tuesday.
A CitizenGo petition in January that attracted more than 235,000 supporters, had billed the comic book an “outrageous and blasphemous new series featuring Jesus Christ as the sidekick for an ‘all powerful’ superhero.” Supporters agreed that it was “inappropriate” in their petition asking DC Comics to cancel it.
In explaining the concept of Second Coming in an interview with Bleeding Cool last summer, author Mark Russell said it would reflect Jesus learning how to do a better job than He did the first time around with the help of a superhero.
“An all-powerful superhero, named Sun-Man, has to share a two bedroom apartment with Jesus Christ. The conceit is that God was so upset with Jesus’s performance the first time he came to Earth, since he was arrested so soon and crucified shortly after, that he has kept him locked-up since then,” Russell said.
“God then sees this superhero on Earth a few thousand years later and says ‘that’s what I wanted for you!’ He sends Jesus down to learn from this superhero and they end up learning from each other. They learn the limitations of each other’s approach to the world and its problems,” the writer said.
Russell, who has previously written two prose books about the Bible (the national best-selling God Is Disappointed in You and its follow up Apocrypha Now) said in a release from Ahoy Comics Tuesday that he wrote the book to explore other ways of approaching the world.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair