DC Comics is borrowing heavily from the greatest story ever told with a new superhero who most certainly has a savior complex. The comic book publisher is introducing a new character this spring, and his name is Jesus.
The new series, “Second Coming,” is written by Mark Russell and illustrated by Richard Pace. The comic book is set to debut in early March, according to Comic Book Resources.
SECOND COMING writer Mark Russell, art by Richard Pace. 2019 release.
God sends Jesus to Earth in hopes that he will learn the family trade from Sun-Man, an all-powerful superhero, who is like the varsity quarterback son God never had. pic.twitter.com/5nrPLUAaLB
— Richard Pace (@rpace) June 7, 2018
But readers shouldn’t expect an orthodox understanding of the Son of God from the forthcoming comic. In fact, the series diverges quite a bit from the biblical account.
The series’ description explains:
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! 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.
In an interview last year with Bleeding Cool, Russell said the new comic centers on the fact that God “was so upset with Jesus’ performance the first time he came to earth, since he was arrested so soon and crucified shortly after, that he has kept him locked up since then.”
God, in turn, sees Sun-Man and tells his own son, Jesus, “That’s what I wanted for you.”
“He sends Jesus down to learn from this superhero and they end up learning from each other,” Russell continued. “They learn the limitations of each other’s approach to the world and its problems.”
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The main thrust of the new series — that Jesus needs to “set the record straight” regarding the Gospel — is born out of Russell’s own issues with Christianity.
Russell, who has authored two books about the Bible, “God Is Disappointed in You” and “Apocrypha Now,” said people have “really misunderstood” biblical teaching and argued the Christian faith “doesn’t really base itself on what [Jesus] taught, particularly in the modern Evangelical megachurches.”
The series is expected to comprise six issues.