The world-famous comic book publisher behind such iconic superheroes as Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, has come under fire for a new ‘outrageous and blasphemous’ series, featuring Jesus Christ as the sidekick of an ‘all powerful’ superhero.
Over 100,000 people have signed a petition calling on DC Comics to pull the comic book series, titled Second Coming, from its publishing schedule.
The controversial series, written by Mark Russell and illustrated by Richard Pace, will be published under DC Vertigo, an imprint of DC Comics that publishes stories with more graphic or adult content.
The series reimagines why Jesus left earth the first time and is coming back again, Fox News reported.
Mr Russell recently shared the concept behind the comic, telling comic news website Bleeding Cool: “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”.
The series has been commissioned for six issues, with the first issue due to be released in March. However, 108,687 people have now signed a CitizenGo petition to ‘let DC Comics know that this comic is inappropriate’ and that ‘it should be immediately pulled from their release schedule’.
The petition states: ‘Can you imagine the media and political uproar if DC Comics was altering and poking fun at the story of Muhammad…or Buddha?
‘This blasphemous content should not be tolerated. Jesus Christ is the Son of God. His story should not be ridiculed for the sake of selling comic books.’
The petition will be sent directly to DC Comic’s Executive Vice President Amit Desai, Publisher Dan Didio, and Chief Creative Officer Jim Lee.
To sign the petition see: https://www.citizengo.org/en/md/167848-dc-comics-slated-release-blasphemous-series-about-jesus
Picture: Part of the cover of the planned first issue of Second Coming.