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Tuesday, February 19, 2019 

DC cancels a Mark Russell story featuring Jesus following Christian groups' objections

I'd wanted to write about this story earlier, but had difficulty deciding which article might have the best info to comment on. Now, here's an interesting Fox report about a Vertigo project written by leftist Mark Russell called "Second Coming" that was scrapped as Christian groups who thought it insulting pressed them to let it go:
DC Comics canceled a controversial comic series starring Jesus after an online petition that blasted the work as "outrageous and blasphemous" collected more than 200,000 signatures.

The Second Coming series that reimagines the Son of God coming to earth and learning from "the world’s favorite savior," who is actually named "Sun-Man," was pulled from shelves and "will not be resolicited" by the adult graphic comic arm, DC Vertigo, according to an update sent to comic stores.

"Can you imagine the media and political uproar if DC Comics was altering and poking fun at the story of Muhammad...or Buddha?" the CitizenGo petition states. "This blasphemous content should not be tolerated. Jesus Christ is the Son of God. His story should not be ridiculed for the sake of selling comic books."
Now that's an excellent point about Islam's "prophet". If anything, it would make very little difference how the pioneer of jihadism in the 7th century was portrayed; DC wouldn't do it because Islam is the only belief system that's given a free pass, and for years now, the subject of terrorism's been practically banned in mainstream comicdom, with very few exceptions, if at all. What has become de riguerre is depicting Islam in a positive light only. As for Buddhism, I think adherents would be more likely to object if they found their religion depicted unflatteringly, though if the MSM would object, it'd be nothing compared to any objections they'd have about depicting Islam negatively.

One does have to wonder though why, 15 years earlier, women's rights groups didn't come out against Identity Crisis, if they knew it made light of sexual assault in the crudest ways possible. Sure, I know social media wasn't as widely developed then as now, but still, I do believe if liberal feminist groups wanted to, they could've spoken out noticeably, and you have to wonder if the book's metaphorical leftist politics explain why they didn't. Of course, today, after the Weinstein scandal, that's why it'd be much harder to produce such a repugnant story without some kind of backlash.

And I suppose that's why DC decided to abandon this silly sci-fi mix with religious history, as Christian groups weren't going to put up with the perception they were easy targets anymore.
The writer, Mark Russell, denied that the petition was the reason Vertigo pulled the series. He said he wanted "to get it out soon and without a bunch of additional changes."

"DC did not do anything untoward to me," Russell wrote on Twitter Wednesday night. "I asked for the rights back and they gracefully agreed. They’ve been a pleasure to work with and it will still be released, albeit with a different publisher."
Which doesn't mean anybody aware of just how pretentious this guy is has to read it, of course. But, it does demonstrate how disastrous DC's revival of the Vertigo imprint that came to be used as an umbrella for creator-owned titles is turning out to be. The new releases are mainly left-wing agenda metaphors, including Border Town, cancelled as it was because of the sex abuse scandal its author found himself in. With any luck, the imprint will soon be gone for good, brought to its knees by shameless SJWs at DC who thought they were being clever, but clearly weren't. Put another way, the Second Coming of Vertigo struck out.

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I don't know what CitizenGo is complaining about, Christ has been parodied and ridiculed for quite a while now. Anyway, here's some info from the writer himself about why DC is doing this: https://www.cbr.com/second-coming-jesus-mark-russell-dc-cancellation/

How many people actually know more than the extreme basics of religions like Catholicism or Islam, or are they all like the people shown in those Chick Tract comics?

This era is the least free publishing wise of any since the 50s. Personally, I would prefer a "no holds barred" approach to political and religious satire. But when progressive politics, Democrats, LGBQT, black, latino, asian and Islamic culture (particularly the prophet Mohammed) are held to be sacrosanct, then apparently the meainstream publisher's hypocrisy in attacking Christians becomes just a bit too obvious even for them to swallow.

Okay, I know you said a long time ago you hate the fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm (why didn't you read them again?), but what about those by other authors like Hans Christian Andersen?

I honestly think you should update the picture in your FAQ, you look a little too dopey to be taken seriously.

DC has always been sensitive to Christian sensibilities. They yanked the finale to Rick Veitch's Swamp Thing time travel story back in the 90s because of concern that the story, about Alec showing up at the crucifixion, would be offensive to Christians. Criticism of the spiritual beliefs of any organized religion has always been taboo at the major publishers.

Okay, where exactly did he even bring up Brothers Grimm at all on this site? The only time I saw him making any comment in any way on those fairy tales was when briefly mentioning Babes in the Woods, and even THAT seemed to be directed more to the Disney short than the actual Brothers Grimm version itself.

He must have gotten it off of Avi's main webpage right here: http://avigreen.somee.com/

Interesting distinction between the different aspects and typing styles of Avi not just between these blogs, but also between them and the website. Might be fun to poke around that site just for kicks

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