Thanks to petitions and protests from religious groups, plus support from Fox News, Warner Media owned DC Comics has now cancelled the March 2019 release of the comic book "Second Coming", a planned Vertigo series that would have teamed Jesus Christ with a superhero:
"...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..."
Reportedly, over 200,000 signatures were gathered on a petition stating the concept is both "...outrageous and blasphemous..."
"DC did not do anything untoward to me", said series creator Mark Russell. "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. The goal is never to take people by surprise. It is always just to talk about the world in the medium that has been given to me. It's always challenging because I feel like I want to say something that's not only relevant, but entertaining, and to me that's the challenge..."
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