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DC Cancels Jesus Christ Superhero Comic, Second Coming

Second Coming

Late last year, DC Comics announced that its Vertigo imprint would publish Second Coming, a satirical comic book series in which Jesus Christ is forced to learn to be humanity's savior from a superhero named Sun-Man. Today, series writer Mark Russell revealed that the series will not be released by DC after all.

That being said, the comic has not been outright canceled. Russell has assured that the comic will still be released, just by a different publisher. Moreover, he explained that this is a decision that was reached amicably.

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"[In regards to] DC/Vertigo's cancellation of the orders for Second Coming, just so you know, DC did not do anything untoward to me," the writer explained on Twitter. "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."

"I want to thank everyone at Vertigo who's gotten it to the point where it's as good as it is," Russell continued. "Specifically, I want to thank [Editor Molly Mahan], [Assistant Editor Maggie Howell] and [DC Vertigo Executive Editor Mark Doyle] for all their support and hard work. Wherever it ends up coming out, know that this is still your book."

Series artist Richard Pace echoed Russell's statement in a tweet of his own, adding, "The big news on Second Coming is [Mark Russell] and I asked for our book back and [DC Comics] very generously is doing so. We're looking forward to announcing a new home for Sun-Man, Jesus and their family soon."

Notably, Second Coming was the subject of some backlash for its seemingly satirical take on Christianity.

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The Vertigo imprint has been home to plenty of other comics with satirical, if not outright caustic, commentary on organized religion in America, such as Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's Preacher. Moreover, Russell's relationship with DC appears to be fairly sound at the moment, with the first issue of his and Stephen Byrne's new Wonder Twins series having just hit shelves.

Second Coming #1 would have been released by DC Vertigo on March 6. A new publisher for the series has yet to be officially announced.

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