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DC Comics axes ‘blasphemous’ comic series

The world-famous comic book publisher behind such iconic superheroes as Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, has axed a comic series featuring Jesus Christ as the sidekick of an ‘all powerful’ superhero.

Second Coming, a six-issue comic book miniseries by writer Mark Russell and artist Richard Pace, was to be published under DC Vertigo, an imprint of DC Comics that publishes stories with more graphic or adult content, with the first issue due for release in March.

However, The Catholic Universe reported last month that over 100,000 people had signed a petition calling on DC Comics to pull the ‘outrageous and blasphemous’ comic series. This figure has since risen to 231,329 and, in an update to the CitizenGo petition on Thursday 14th February, the organisers wrote: ‘After our petition went viral, DC Comics has decided to cancel Second Coming!’

The series sees Jesus return to Earth, reimagining why He left the first time. Speaking earlier this year, Mr Russell said the reason was: “God was so upset with Jesus’ 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.

“God then sees this superhero on Earth a few thousand years later and says, ‘that’s what I wanted for you!’”

The comic series tells the story of Jesus’ return back to earth as the roommate of “an all-powerful superhero, named Sun-Man”.

Following DC’s cancelling of the series, Mr Russell said Second Coming would still be released ‘with a different publisher’.

‘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,’ he tweeted.

Picture: Part of the cover of the planned first issue of Second Coming.