For decades, DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint has pushed the boundaries of what a comic book series can be. But Vertigo’s latest series, Second Coming, may have proven to be too controversial to handle. The series follows the return of Jesus Christ in modern times, as he learns how to once again be humanity’s savior from his new superhero roommate, Sun-Man. Now, Second Coming has been pulled from the schedule only a few weeks from it’s release.
According to series co-creator, Mark Russell, the split with DC was amicable. He also indicated that the series would continue with another publisher.
The: DC/Vertigo’s cancellation of the orders for Second Coming, just so you know, DC did not do anything untoward to me. 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.
— Mark Russell (@Manruss) February 13, 2019
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Artist and Second Coming co-creator, Richard Pace, echoed the news on his Twitter account as well.
The big news on Second Coming is @manruss and I asked for our book back and @dccomics very generously is doing so. We’re looking forward to announcing the new home for Sun-Man, Jesus and their family soon.
.#secondcoming #jesus #vertigo #dccomics #comicartist #workincomics
— Richard Pace @ECCC & C2E2 03/19 (@rpace) February 14, 2019
A similar situation occurred in 2007, when DC abruptly canceled the mature readers series, The Boys, after only six issues. Dynamite picked up The Boys for the remainder of its run, and a live-action adaptation will arrive on Amazon later this year. Potentially, Dynamite could be one of the contenders to pick up Second Coming. Image Comics, Dark Horse, and other creator friendly companies may also be a better fit for the series.
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