A Second, Second Coming: Mark Russell’s Controversial Comic Finds A New Home At Ahoy Comics

by Olly MacNamee

We only recently heard that Mark Russell and Richard Pace had taken back their satirical series Second Coming from DC Comics in a mutually beneficial move and its already found a new home with Ahoy Comics.

God commands Earth’s mightiest superhero, Sunstar, to accept Jesus Christ as his roommate and teach him how to use His power His power in a… more powerful way. Jesus, shocked at the way humans have twisted his message over two millennia, vows to straighten it out.

The new launch date? July 10th, so start asking you’re LCBS to bag your copy. It’s already had the best advertising campaign money can’t buy thanks to Fox News, so I’m guessing it’ll sell out fast. Quicker than Christ turning water into wine, that’s for sure!

Same cover, different publisher

Here’s Mark Russell now to give you even more on this highly anticipated series:

Having grown up in church, the teachings of Christ seemed like a good jumping off point to imagine other ways of approaching the world, and how those teachings have been twisted to serve the very institutions they were supposed to undermine. I wanted to make Second Coming to re-examine the embedded assumption in all our superhero comics, laws, and institutions of civilization that physical force is the only thing that changes the world.  That maybe the good guys are not good simply because they’re better at violence than the bad guys, but maybe because they can imagine ways for people to get along other than bribery and revenge. I suppose Second Coming is, like all my comics, ultimately about how our institutions have failed us.

Co-creator Richard Pace was quick to also thanks DC Comics:

We want to thank DC Comics for letting us find the right home for Second Coming. After all the manufactured outrage, we’re looking forward to seeing what the intended audience for this book thinks when they read the first issue this summer.

Of course, if you think about Ahoy Comics whole remit is to publish great, and often satirically slanted, comic books, so it’s a natural fit for such a title. As Tom Peyer (who was one of the original editors for Vertigo Comics when the Mature Readers imprint was founded at DC Comics by Karen Berger), Ahoy Comics’ Editor-in-Chief, states:

We understand that the publication of Second Coming will get a strong reaction and we support Mark and Richard’s satiric vision. There are going to be people who don’t want to read Second Coming, and that’s fine. It’s not for everyone. But I don’t think it should be controversial to maintain that the rest of us have every right to enjoy it.

Still in? Me too! See you at the comic book shelves this July 10th! And, congratulations to Mark and Richard on finding a new home for this book so quickly.

Olly MacNamee

A unashamed DC Comics fan and sometime teacher for over 20 years! I got lucky and found the escape hatch. Now, I just read and write about comics all day long. Co-host of the ICE-Cast podcast and one third of the brains behind Birmingham's street art and graffiti festival High Vis Fest.

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