DC Comics New Superhero: Jesus Christ

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Second Coming is written by God is Disappointed in You author Mark Russell.

Jesus Christ is the new superhero in the DC Comics canon. The founder of Christianity will be introduced by DC Vertigo as a brand new superhero in Second Coming, an upcoming series and the latest offering from the DC pantheon. The series will show Christ joining with Sun-Man and forming a team. Second Coming is set to go on sale on March 6.

DC Vertigo has released the plot summary of the soon-to-be-released series on its website. As per the lore, the reader will witness Christ’s second coming. The founder of Christianity was ordered by God to return to Earth. He will then be mankind’s true messiah by being roommates with Sun-Man, another all-powerful superhero. The Vertigo imprint describes Sun-Man as Last Son of Krispex.

The comic will show how shocked Jesus Christ becomes when he sees how his gospel has mutated beyond recognition, and he is now on Earth to push it to the correct path. Mark Russell wrote the Second Coming. He has prior experience in disseminating religious concepts in bite-sized morsels, having authored the book God is Disappointed in You, regarded as the Bible’s condensed version.

For Russell, creating a comic with Christ as the centerpiece was something he long wanted to do. He was soaked in Christianity from his childhood, having grown up in the proximity of the church and attending Christian schools. He also believes modern-day congregations misrepresent Jesus Christ. He has a particular grouse against the many megachurches which have cropped up in the United States within the last few years. According to him, the megachurches regard Christ as nothing more than a “mascot on t-shirts to prove they’re on the winning team.”

As per Russell, the present-day Christian religion has no similarity with what Christ taught. This is why in Second Coming when Christ goes past a megachurch, he sees a billboard of himself throwing a football. Worse, the founder of Christianity found no resemblance of himself with the person photographed in the billboard. The incident is a metaphor for Christ not recognizing what was done in his name.

The Second Coming has taken a few liberties when it comes to the Christian religion. It will show Jesus Christ having a limited set of abilities and not as the all knowledgeable person depicted in the scriptures. He does not know what has happened in his absence until he comes back to Earth for a second round.

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