You would think that Christians would jump at the chance to see their Savior represented in popular media, but some believers are upset about the portrayal of Jesus in a new series from DC Comics.
The premise is actually pretty great: The superhero is Jesus, but He comes back to Earth only to “set the record straight” after seeing how people have twisted His words.
The series, called “Second Coming” and written by Mark Russell (with art by Richard Pace), comes out in March. Just in time for Easter.
According to Comic Book Resources, Russell mixed in his own idea of Christianity in the animated work by claiming that Jesus needed to return to earth to learn how to become the “true messiah” from a Superman-like character called Sun-man.
“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,” the comic description reads.
It’s a fascinating take on an ancient religion, but you can probably see why some Christians are upset. In fact, the Christian Broadcasting Network, home of Pat Robertson, said there is a “big problem” with the new narrative.
… Second Coming is closer to blasphemous than biblical. Instead of a biblical account of Christ’s return, it depicts Jesus as a failure who disappointed God by getting crucified when he first walked the earth. He is sent back to learn how to be a real Messiah by learning from the superhero “Sun-Man…”
Jesus is not omniscient in this series, but is totally clueless about what has happened on earth since he left.
This would’ve been an interesting series on its own, but now that I know there are evangelicals who find it blasphemous, I have an even greater desire to read it!