In a new low for DC Comics, they’ve hired writer Mark Russell (God Is Disappointed in You) and artist Richard Pace (Imaginary Friends) to craft a comicbook that tells a tale of the God of the Bible sending His Son Jesus Christ back to Earth in the hopes that Jesus will learn the family trade of being a hero from a Superman analog named Sun-Man, an all-powerful superhero, who is presumably like the varsity quarterback son that God never had. But, upon his return to Earth, Christ is appalled to discover what has become of his Gospel and vows to set the record right.
No, I’m not kidding.
Here is the official DC Comics solicit for this series launching March 2019:
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.
I have to ask, when has mocking the leading figure in a world religion ever been a good business model? I suppose DC Comics should be glad that none of their editors has come up with any clever stories about the Prophet Muhammad, lest they be threatened with violence from faithful followers of Islam. How will faithful Christians respond? There’s so much to upset an adherent to the Christian faith in the solicitations alone.
First off, the “second coming” is one of the holiest events in the Christian faith and it is what the church-goers long for, Christ’s return to take them to heaven, not a training boot camp to relearn how to be heroic. Secondly, Jesus is already perfect. God said so in the Bible, and this is what Christians believe. Suggesting he needs to learn how to be a hero or that God was somehow disappointed in Jesus is blasphemous to Christians.
Sadly, insulting the dominant religious faiths is nothing new to the big comic book publishers. In fact Marvel recently dealt with a controversy with former Indonesian illustrator of ‘X-Men Gold #1’ including references to Koranic verses warning against friendship with non-Muslims along with other anti-Jewish messages. And even just this month, in Uncanny X-Men #5 (currently in shops), they insulted Muslims, Catholics, and Hindus for alluding that each of their religions is “fake.”
But DC Comics is far more blatant than that in their latest offering, undermining the Christian faith by positing a story where God was disappointed in Jesus, the central figure of the largest faith in the world. It’s no surprise that theme is the basis for this story as writer Mark Russell made his mark in the literary world with his atheist manifesto “God Is Disappointed In You” a book which attempts to deride many of the texts found in the Holy Bible by placing them in literal, modern day culture and pointing out how harsh God must be. That the artist, Richard Pace, is a progressive, left-wing, is barely worth mentioning.
The title of the series, “Second Coming,” is even more cheeky in that it ridicules the “second coming” referring to what Christians believe is the future event when their savior Jesus will return to Earth, conquer His enemies, and reign as King of the world. In the Bible, Jesus described His return in Matthew 24:30:
“Then will appear in heaven the sign of the Son of Man, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.”
The biblical apostle John saw Jesus as a mighty warrior in Revelation 19:11-16:
“Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.”
Of course, this isn’t the first time DC Comics has poked fun at Christianity. Other Vertigo imprint titles such as Preacher, Constantine, and obviously Lucifer, have all held the Christian faith in contempt. In fact, DC has had relative success with those three titles, as each were turned into television series. So does being anti-Christian sell better in today’s culture? Even Batman himself recently alluded to losing his Christian faith, which created a bit of buzz at local comic shops, but will a series that explicitly derides the Son of God of the Holy Bible be enough to get Christians’ attention? Do Christians even read comic books anymore? Which comic book characters actually embody Christianity anymore?
DC Comics has fallen a long way from how they regarded the Christian faith during the silver age of comics. Let’s see how Christians respond to this latest, and arguably most egregious affront to their faith.
In this new comic, DC Comics is effectively describing Jesus’ return as a do-over where he needs to learn how to be a hero and see how his message got confused last time he was here. I’m not sure who this particular comic is geared towards. With a world population of Christians around 2.4 billion adherents (roughly 1/3 of the planet), does this make sense to mock them? I guess when the well runs dry with politics, DC Comics had no place else to go. Because we all know they will NEVER mock Islam. That faith’s adherents are far less forgiving.
But what if you’re Jewish and you think Jesus is a fine target for mocking? DC Comics has you covered.
The official solicit for Green Lantern #3 is here.
What do you think? Is this a good idea or a cheap shot? Youtube personality and commentator, That Umbrella Guy, has a good overview of what’s been coming out of DC Comics’ Vertigo line since its relaunch this year and Washington Times writer Doug Ernst addresses this book directly below as does comic pro and creator of Earthworm Jim, Doug TenNapel: