DC Comics Cancels the Second Coming

I can’t help but feel this is partially my fault.

Last August, Bleeding Cool interviewed the amazing Mark Russell about a work in progress, Second Coming with the also-amazing Richard Pace for DC Vertigo. It was solicited for March this year. It looked aces.

Then at the beginning of the year, CBR mentioned its existence, and it got picked up by a few Christian news websites, who stripped our interview for parts. Then Fox. Then Brexit.

Then a Conservative Christian site got a petition going. And almost a quarter of a million people have signed it.

None of them have read a single panel of this comic, a light sitcom of a satirical story that sees Jesus come back to Earth and room with a Superman analogue.

Nevertheless, today DC Comics told retailers that they have cancelled the comic entirely. No issue of it will be published.

It appears it was a mutual decision between DC/Vertigo, Mark Russell and Richard Pace as, due to the new risk-averse post-Batman Damned regime at DC Comics, too many changes might have had to be made to the comic before it could be published.

However, Mark Russell asked for the rights to be handed back to him and Richard Pace, something usually quite hellish to do. And DC/Vertigo agreed. They really want to be rid of it.

So. Any publisher out there want to publish about Superman and Jesus, that is bound to get lots of publicity? Last time this happened with Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson‘s The Boys, Dynamite did very very well with it…

About Rich Johnston

Chief writer and founder of Bleeding Cool. Father of two. Comic book clairvoyant. Political cartoonist.

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