Second Coming Looking for a Second Publisher as Vertigo Cancels Before Publication
DC Comics has reached out to retailers and has canceled the Vertigo series Second Coming before the release of the first issue in March.
Writer Mark Russell Tweeted:
He said there’s already other publishers interested.
Artist Richard Pace followed up to Russell’s Tweet agreeing with how the two were treated.
Though a reason wasn’t given, it may be due to pressure over complaints from religious circles including a petition signed by over 227,000 individuals. The series was called “inappropriate and blasphemous” due to its use of Jesus Christ.
Written by Russell with art by Pace, the series followed the return of Jesus Christ who becomes roommates with the super hero Sun-Man. Jesus is “shocked to discover what has become of his gospel—and now, he aims to set the record straight.”
The series was to debut March 6 and Russell has written numerous religious explorations and is a master at intellectual exploration and satire.
Thankfully it sounds like the series will be rising from cancellation.
This is the latest black eye for Vertigo which was rocked by a previous scandal over the series Border Town whose writer was accused of abuse which led to its cancellation and the returnability of previously released issues.