Last week news came down that writer Mark Russell and artist Richard Pace's superhero Jesus comic Second Coming would not be published at DC Comics' Vertigo imprint. Now, Russell has revealed additional details on the split, including changes DC wanted to make to the project that he and Pace weren't comfortable with.
Russell told HuffPost the requested changes were to remove profanity and a nude scene involving Adam in the Garden of Eden. Additionally, Russell was told even larger changes would be coming in the future, and the release date would be pushed back to an “unspecified date.”
“DC was requesting these changes [regarding profanity and nudity] before FOX News set the outrage machine in motion, so it’s difficult to speculate what, if any, impact their campaign had on any of DC’s decision-making,” Russell told HuffPost. “Though I imagine finding 200,000 auto-generated e-mails in your inbox can’t be too pleasant.”
The announcement of Second Coming received a fair amount of attention, especially on Fox News and conservative Chrisitan websites. A petition was created calling for DC to cancel the series, gaining over 230,000 signatures.
Below 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 #1 would have been released by DC Vertigo on March 6. A new publisher for the series has yet to be officially announced.