The book, from writer Mark Russell and artist Richard Pace, caught DC some flak after Fox News, conservative Christian websites and an online petition chastised the book as blasphemy. With the publisher also asking for changes to the book, which may have diluted the originally intended story, the creative team decided to take the series -- which was originally slated for a March release -- elsewhere. It will now include extra pages of content, thanks to the addition of colorist Andy Troy, with the new publisher allowing Russell and Co. full creative rein.
"We want to thank DC Comics for letting us find the right home for Second Coming," Pace said in a statement. "After all the manufactured outrage, we're looking forward to seeing what the intended audience for this book thinks when they read the first issue this summer."
"We understand that the publication of Second Coming will get a strong reaction and we support Mark and Richard's satiric vision," Ahoy Comics Editor-in-Chief Tom Peyer added. "There are going to be people who don't want to read Second Coming, and that's fine. It's not for everyone. But I don't think it should be controversial to maintain that the rest of us have every right to enjoy it."
"I wanted to make Second Coming to re-examine the embedded assumption in all our superhero comics, laws, and institutions of civilization that physical force is the only thing that changes the world," Russell reaffirmed. "That maybe the good guys are not good simply because they're better at violence than the bad guys, but maybe because they can imagine ways for people to get along other than bribery and revenge. I suppose Second Coming is, like all my comics, ultimately about how our institutions have failed us."
Here is the original solicitation for Second Coming:
Witness the return of Jesus Christ, as He is sent on a most holy mission by God to learn what it takes to be the true messiah of mankind by becoming roommates with the world's favorite savior: the all-powerful super hero Sun-Man, the Last Son of Krispex! But when Christ returns to Earth, he's shocked to discover what has become of his gospel—and now, he aims to set the record straight.
Second Coming, by Mark Russell and Richard Pace, goes on sale July 10 from Ahoy Comics.