DC has announced that they will be dropping their comic book titled Second Coming that features Jesus Christ as superhero, Sun-Man’s sidekick after receiving backlash from Christians who have called it "blasphemous." The co-creators of the comic, writer Mark Russell and artist Richard Pace, announced the cancellation last week on their Twitter pages. Second Coming had been 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 until it decided to cancel it after facing major backlash from religious sects.
"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."
The now cancelled 32-page comic is reported to have centered on Jesus returning to Earth and teaming up with Sun-Man to complete his "most holy mission by God" and "learn what it takes to be the true messiah of mankind," according to DC Comics.