DC Comics wants Jesus to be a real superhero
Controversial new comic has God disappointed in his messiah son
God was so disappointed in how Jesus’ life ended that he eventually sends him back to learn the way to be a real messiah – by sharing a flat with a superhero.
That’s the premise of Second Coming, a new comic-book series to be released in March by DC Comics, the home of Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman.
“God was so upset with the fact that he got crucified the last time that he wouldn’t even let him look through the celestial keyhole at Earth to keep up,” writer Mark Russell said about Second Coming‘s depiction of Jesus since his ascension.
Cries of blasphemy will arise as Second Coming has God sending Jesus to be roommates with “the all-powerful super hero Sun-Man”. While he is the world’s No. 1 caped crusader, Sun-Man struggles to work out how his superpowers help him in everyday situations. Like most odd couples in popular culture, Sun-Man and Jesus learn from each other about the best ways to live.
Russell’s irreverent handling of the Bible seems to ignore the weight of biblical testimony about God’s satisfaction with Jesus. From the messianic prophecy of Isaiah 53, to Jesus obeying God to the point of death (Matthew 26:36-56; John 18:11), and the many passages of praise about Jesus in eternal relation with God (Philippians 2:5-11; Hebrews 1), the Bible presents the opposite of disappointment between the heavenly father and his son who birthed a movement of believers.
Remarkably, Russell claims Second Coming is an attack upon warped versions of Christianity which have emerged since Jesus rose from the dead.
Second Coming has Jesus being “appalled” by what Christianity has become
“I learned how much we really misunderstood the teachings of the Bible and of Christ,” explained Russell about researching two books he wrote, God is Disappointed in You and Apocrypha Now. Both are satiric summaries of the Bible’s books and other ancient texts related to the Jewish and Christian faiths.
“The Christian religion doesn’t really base itself on what [Jesus] taught, particularly in the modern [American] Evangelical megachurches.”
Second Coming has Jesus being “appalled” by what Christianity has become and wanting “to set the record straight”. This somehow involves Russell – who has said “our real religion” is the stories we tell ourselves to “fill the holes in our lives” – commenting on the limitations of superpowers.
“For most of our problems in the world, and in our lives, being able to throw someone through a plate glass window or fly aren’t going to be terribly helpful,” said Russell.
“Sun-Man has to deal with things like his grandmother succumbing to dementia or that he can’t adopt, because he’s technically not a human being, and his wife wants a baby. These are the sorts of problems that superpowers are utterly helpless against.
“Jesus brings this very different view on how power can be used.”