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84,272 people have signed an online petition protesting against DC's decision to include Jesus as a character in a 'blasphemous' new comic.
The comic, called the 'Second Coming', is written by Mark Russell who recently described the set-up in an interview: "The concept is that God was so upset with Jesus’s 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.
"God then sees this superhero on Earth a few thousand years later and says 'that’s what I wanted for you!' 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."
The comic's website 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 favourite saviour: the all-powerful super hero 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."
A petition has been started online that calls it 'outrageous and blasphemous' and goes on to say: "Can you imagine the media and political uproar if DC Comics was altering and poking fun at the story of Muhammad... or Buddha?
"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."
The comic has been commissioned for six issues, depending on whether it has a positive reaction, according to the author.
84, 272 people have pledged support for the protest, saying: "This content is inappropriate and blasphemous. It should be immediately pulled from your publishing schedule."
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