A blasphemous comic book that mocked the Christian faith by portraying Jesus Christ as a failure has been cancelled. Over the past month, much news was made about DC Comics’ plan to release ‘Second Coming’ – a comic about Jesus returning to Earth to learn from His “mistakes” by shadowing a superhero. After a petition by Christians went viral, DC reversed course and cancelled the comic series before it ever hit shelves.
Christians Stand Up For The Name of Jesus Christ
According to reports:
“A new comics series in which Jesus Christ is sent on “a most holy mission by God” to learn “what it takes to be the true messiah of mankind” from a superhero called Sun-Man, has been cancelled by DC Comics. The move follows a petition that called it “outrageous and blasphemous”.
The Second Coming series, from DC imprint Vertigo, was due to launch on 6 March. Written by Mark Russell and illustrated by Richard Pace, its story followed Jesus’s return to Earth. “Shocked to discover what has become of his gospel,” he teams up with a superhero, Sun-Man, who is more widely worshipped than him.
But the comics publisher has now told retailers that the series has been cancelled. The decision follows a 200,000-signature petition from anti-abortion, anti-LGBT conservative campaign site CitizenGo calling on DC to pull the comic. “Would DC Comics publish similar content about other religious leaders, such as Muhammad or Buddha?” said the petition. “This content is inappropriate and blasphemous.”” (source).
Beginning And End detailed the disrespectful aspects of this comic series in our article: DC Comics ‘Second Coming’ Mocks Jesus Christ And The Crucifixion. Among some of the more blasphemous aspects of the story:
- Jesus is viewed as a failure by God The Father for dying on the cross during His first incarnation on Earth.
- He is sent back to Earth to learn what being a Messiah means from a superhero named Sun Man whom God The Father truly loves.
- When Jesus returned to Earth He was “appalled” at modern Christians.
Mark Russell, the writer of the comic made it clear that his intention with the comic was to mock Christians today because he does not feel the Church follows “true Christianity.” After the cancellation, he could not hold back his disdain for believers in Christ:
“I first heard of CitizenGo … when they ran this silly campaign to get the buses in Portland to drop ads featuring lesbians. They would be completely ridiculous if not for the fact that social media’s anger-made-easy platforms give them access to cranks from all over the world. But it’s OK. Some enemies are worth having,” he told Syfy Wire. “I think the religious fundamentalists and critics who are trying to stop Second Coming aren’t interested in protecting Christ so much as their ability to control his narrative … They probably (correctly) suspect that it’s not Christ who’s being parodied, but themselves and how they’ve twisted his teachings of mercy for the powerless into a self-serving tool of the powerful.” (source).
Praise God For The Victory
If you are a Christian, give God thanks and praise for DC Comics changing their mind about publishing something so offensive to the Christian faith. And for the hundreds of thousands of Christians who made their feelings known. And pray for Mark Russell and the others involved with his comic as they will no doubt seek another publisher to print their comic. Pray they will repent and believe the Gospel for the free forgiveness of sin. Pray they will lose their desire to attack Christians and show some of the mercy and love they profess the religion to truly be based on.