A controversial comic book starring Jesus Christ has found a new publisher and will roll out starting this summer.
The New York Times reported Second Coming partnered with AHOY Comics after DC Comics dropped it from its lineup. DC Comics received heavy pushback from the Christian community and decided to part ways with the comic in February.
Writer Mark Russell and artist Richard Pace are now working with AHOY to launch the new series. The first run will include at least six issues and will debut July 10.
The comic features Jesus living on Earth with a superhero named Sunstar. The cover of the first issue shows Jesus and Sunstar each holding a villain character armed with a handgun. Sunstar appears to be punching his villain in the face, while Jesus is holding a loaf of bread in the mouth of his.
“It’s not as respectful as to what [Christians] actually do. It’s not a satire of Christ so much as it is a satire on how his followers of the last 2,000 years have turned his message of forgiveness and empathy into one of power and domination, which is as un-Christlike as one can possibly imagine,” Russell told the Times.
Pace said that of all the characters in the comic, Jesus comes out looking the best.
“No one has read the book other than the people who are working on it,” he said. “I know full well that the only person coming out of it looking good is Jesus.”
In a press release, AHOY Comics editor-in-chief Tom Peyer admitted Second Coming will not be for everyone.
“There are going to be people who don’t want to read Second Coming, and that’s fine. It’s not for everyone,” he said. “But I don’t think it should be controversial to maintain that the rest of us have every right to enjoy it.”