DC Comics announced some plans this week to restructure certain departments. With that came some layoffs for some long time employees and a new slate of titles. I will be specifically touching upon one of those right here in a moment.
One of the brands that DC has under it’s umbrella is the Vertigo line which has seen such cult hits as Sandman, Fables, Preacher, and more spawn from these roots. It is mainly branded as a more mature imprint and has been that way for decades. If you haven’t read any of these mentioned above, I highly recommend them. Head to your local comic shop and pick up Volume 1’s of their tradepaperbacks immediately!!!
Back to the matter at hand…A new Vertigo title called *Second Coming* that was recently announced has starting to create some controversy in recent days. It seems that some folks are upset at the subject matter. Let me give you the brief description straight from DC’s solicitation.
*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.*
When I initially read the solicitations and saw this, I didn’t even think twice. I kinda laughed and thought “this could be fun”, and continued on with my day. I should have known better though as we live in a time where everyone is outraged over anything and everything. God forbid you put out a fun comic depicting anything Christian or Catholic based…no pun intended.
Forums, message boards, news sites, and Facebook groups comments have been lit up with “angry” folks for having such sacrilegious material being published!!! Oh the horror!!! I am a member of a bunch of said groups and the banter back and forth is both comical and depressing to me. Talks of boycotts and protests have popped up. I have seen some say that it’s because of Satan and his minions. Oh that wacky Satan…
Most comic fans seem fine with it. It seems that most of the ire is being laid down by religious folks who don’t buy comics anyway…at least from what I have read thus far. Go check out the story on Fox News or one of the Christian sites reporting on it. See how it differs from the initial comic sites discussing it. A simple google search can provide all the info you need!!!
For a group of folks who seem so hellbent on always pointing their finger at the left and calling them “snowflakes”…they sure seem super sensitive regarding a cartoon depiction of Jesus teaming up with a hero named Sun-Man. I am not wanting to turn this into a political debate at all. I am not poking fun or making fun of religion or people’s beliefs. I was born and raised in a Catholic household. I went to church like a good little boy and as I got older, I drifted far from everything religious for many reasons. I merely am just so irritated of the false outrage that some have towards things that ultimately do not matter in the grand scheme of things.
What are your thoughts? Are you in the offended camp or the one that thinks it’s a non issue? Why do you feel that way? Let’s start a discussion! Keep it civil please…
As of now, Second Coming is slated to release with a $3.99 cover price on March 6th 2019. It will have 2 covers…one by Amanda Conner and a variant by Tom Fowler. It is written by Mark Russell with interiors done by Richard Pace.