Superhero Jesus comic branded ‘blasphemous’ by some Christians

Superhero Jesus comic branded ‘blasphemous’ by some Christians January 10, 2019

JESUS goes from Superstar to Superhero in a new DC Comics series – much to the consternation of True Believers™.

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Although the first of the series is not yet out, Second Coming  – written by Mark Russell and illustrated by Richard Pace – is already drawing flak from some Christians who consider the concept “blasphemous”.

Russell’s Jesus narrative is that the saviour needs to return to earth to learn how to become a “true messiah” from a Superman-like character called Sun-man.

The comic description says:

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 superhero 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.

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In a past interview with Bleeding Cool, Russell, above, explained that the series, due out in March, centres on the fact that God:

Was so upset with Jesus’ performance the first time he came to earth since he was arrested so soon and crucified shortly after, that he has kept him locked up since then.

When God sees Sun-Man, he tells the comic Jesus:

That’s what I wanted for you.

Russell added:

He sends Jesus down to learn from this superhero and they end up learning from each other. They learn the limitations of each other’s approach to the world and its problems.

Before his return, Russell’s comic Jesus is mostly unaware of what’s going on Earth because God was so pissed off with his past performance – getting crucified and all that malarkey  – that that he wouldn’t even let the messiah look through the celestial keyhole at Earth to keep up.

Said Russell:

He still gets to talk to people when they come to Heaven so he has a rough idea of what’s going on down there. He doesn’t know how sideways things have gone until he’s come down to Earth and sees it for himself.

The theme of the comic noticeably comes from Russell’s own idea of Christianity, shared in the books he authored, God Is Disappointed in You and Apocrypha Now.

Both revealed that he believes people have “really misunderstood” the Bible and the Christian faith:

Doesn’t really base itself on what [Jesus] taught, particularly in the modern Evangelical megachurches.

The Second Coming series is hoping to “set the record straight” regarding Russell’s interpretation of the Gospel of Jesus.

Hello Christian adds that Russel [sic] believes that Christianity has it all backwards and quotes him as saying:

The Christian religion doesn’t really base itself on what he taught, particularly in the modern Evangelical megachurches. They have him more as a mascot on t-shirts to prove they’re on the winning team.

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  • Jim Jones

    > Both [books] revealed that he believes people have “really misunderstood” the Bible and the Christian faith.

    “Jesus is so lucky to have us.”

  • digital bookworm

    Ungrateful bastard

  • In other words, they dislike to face some of the reasons why Chirstianity is on decline. Not that all are fun and games in the Bible in what refers to Jesus.

  • TheBookOfDavid

    I don’t know what I love most about Krispex: the way it stays crunchy in milk, the krispenite flakes, or the marshmallow sunbursts. The only downside is that the little Jesus crackers seem somehow out of place, and are actually blander tasting than the puffed rice.

  • Andrew Collins

    Best we get rid of all movies and comics with Thor, Loki etc in them, as they are gods and this might upset people. How about the true belivers prove that the particular god that they worship is real and not just a story, then we can take this seriously. Until then, their god and religion is nothing more than an idea, and ideas do not have rights, only people do.

  • Jack the Sandwichmaker

    Don’t tell them about Jesus Christ, Vampire Hunter

  • TheBookOfDavid

    It’s hard to believe he can spare the time for routing moneychangers and wilting fig trees while his hands are full dealing with vampires and cowboy zombies.

  • Judy Thompson

    I love “they have him as mascots on t-shirts”…they forgot about the musicals, too.

  • 92JazzQueen .

    And people act oblivious why they think this is stupid, but then again you just want your Christians are stupid mantra.

  • sweeks

    His book, “God is disappointed in you” is hysterical. A recommended read.

  • John Conolley

    Sun Man. Son of Man. Get it? And what is that on his costume? Is that a… dick head?

  • stevie68a

    Divide Jesus’ life into two parts. Part one, he’s born, preaches, does miracles. Part two, he’s humiliated, tortured, and murdered.
    This helps explain the “evangelicals” meanness. Because part one is window dressing, and part two is what it’s really about.
    This is proved by the last supper. it is a pivot point where everything starts to go wrong for him. He’s announces he’s been betrayed, and is arrested that night.
    So when people go to mass, what follows is the downward spiral of his life.
    It’s not about loving Jesus, it’s about hating him.

  • Catherine Spencer-Mills


  • Mefistofele

    Surely it’s ideal? Comics feature fictional ‘superheroes’ so a Jeebuz character is perfect. Just a bit concerned that kids will abandon their Spiderman costumes and take to long robes, wigs and false beards. The upside is, they’ll grow out of Jeebuz in the same way they do all the other ‘superheroes’.

  • Jim Jones

    “Mr. Russell and Mr. Wheeler have used irreverence to win an audience for what is actually a slyly empathetic retelling of Bible stories.” — The New York Times

    “As soon as I started reading it, I was hooked… The Bible is an incredibly weird book, and I thank Mark Russell for rewriting it in a way that made it understandable and interesting.” — Boing Boing

    “God Is Disappointed in You accomplishes an impressive goal: it takes the holy book—as inscrutable and culturally significant as it is—and makes it readable.” — The Rumpus

    “The Bible itself may be timeless, but, with its playful ribbing and wit, God Is Disappointed in You is most certainly a book made for this moment.” — Culture Mass

    “A hilarious book that’s often shocking, sometimes blasphemous, but always funny with a huge heart. This is Sunday School for the information age.” — Graphic Policy

    “God Is Disappointed in You cuts to the heart of the matter, and sometimes down to the funny bone, to translate the Bible into terms that allow a modern reader to understand the wild, weird, and wonderful ‘essence’ of the Good Book.” — The Big Think

    God Is Disappointed in You is for people who would like to read the Bible…if it would just cut to the chase. Stripped of its arcane language and interminable passages, every book of the Bible is condensed down to its core message, in no more than a few pages each.

    Written by Mark Russell with cartoons by New Yorker cartoonist Shannon Wheeler, God Is Disappointed in You is a frequently hilarious, often shocking, but always accurate retelling of the Bible, including the parts selectively left out by Sunday School teachers and church sermons.

    Irreverent yet faithful, this book is a must-read for anyone who wants to see past the fog of religious agendas and cultural debates to discover what the Bible really says.

    —A 224-page faux-leather hardcover, with gilded edges and satin ribbon, 5 1/4″ x 8 1/4″

  • sweeks

    That says it better than I could! BTW, the cover alone is worth the price of the book.

  • Broga

    W.B.Yeats was spot on in his poem “The Second Coming”:

    “Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;

    Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,

    The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere

    The ceremony of innocence is drowned;

    The best lack all conviction, while the worst

    Are full of passionate intensity.”

  • Harrison Ashley

    Just think, if these savages had any real power and social backing, these comic creators would be getting lynched. The only reason they don’t is because they can’t get away with it, and they’re still trying to protect their “good reputation”.

  • I have to get this book….LOL

  • Terry Washington

    I think you miss the wider point- NOBODY has worshipped Thor, Hercules or Loki in millennia, whereas the followers of Christ are very much alive and well. Given the brouhaha over the so-called “blasphemous” cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed back in 2005 that appeared in Danish newspapers, would DC have parodied Mohammed- or even Buddha in such a fashion???

  • larry parker