DC cancels comic book about a second coming of Christ amid backlash

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A second coming of Jesus Christ will have to wait.

DC Comics decided to cancel the release of a comic book titled “Second Coming” that featured Jesus as the sidekick of a superhero named Sun-Man following a wave of backlash from online critics who labeled the book “blasphemous.”

The co-creators of the comic, writer Mark Russell and artist Richard Pace, announced the cancellation last week on their Twitter pages. It was scheduled to be released on March 6 under DC Vertigo, a wing of DC which publishes comics with more of a graphic or adult tone.

“My goal is always to write the best books I can about things I have a deep personal attachment to,” Russell tweeted. “Publishers have goals of their own. Sometimes our goals complement each other’s, sometimes they don’t. It’s okay to admit it when they don’t and go separate ways.”

In a separate tweet, Russell said he asked for the rights back to “Second Coming” and DC “gracefully agreed.”

“DC did not do anything untoward to me,” he wrote. “They’ve been a pleasure to work with and it will still be released, albeit with a different publisher.”

Requests for comment from DC Comics were not immediately returned.

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