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Many Christians were crying heresy when DC Comics announced it’s series, “Second Coming”, which presented Jesus coming back to Earth to fight evil alongside Sun-Man. Their voices were heard, and after 220,000 people signed a petition against the new comic DC ultimately decided to cancel the series.

Written by Mark Russell and illustrated by Richard Pace, the series was set to debut in March. In the series, Jesus was portrayed as having limited power and knowledge, and needed to learn from the superhero. This caused it to be quickly labeled by many Christians as “blasphemous.”

“Would DC Comics publish similar content about other religious leaders, such as Mohammed or Buddha? This content is inappropriate and blasphemous. It should be immediately pulled from your publishing schedule,” the petition read.

“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 superhero Sun-Man, the Last Son of Krispex!” the plot summary for the first issue read. “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.”

The plot for the second issue raised just as many concerns. It stated: “An unexpected death leads to God showing off his heavenly kingdom to the son He wished He had, while the Son He has catches up on the earthly plane.”

However despite DC cancelling the series, it could still pop up later on. Russell and Pace have stated that while DC backed out of the agreement, they “gracefully agreed” to hand back over all the rights. Russell tweeted that the they will be looking for a different publisher. This has not discouraged Russell and Pace, and they were appreciative that DC Comics warned them ahead of time that “significant changes” would have had to been made in order to release it under their brand.

“So I decided I would rather keep the story intact,” Russel said in an interview with Syfy Wire. “Nobody really wants a watered-down, one-size-fits-none version of this story, so they graciously agreed to let me have it back…We also want a publisher who can get it to fans in the near future, so we hope to be able to announce a new home as soon as possible.”

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