DC Comics is causing excitement and caution as they prepare to release their latest superhero, Jesus.
An imprint of DC Comics, DC Vertigo, will release a six-issue series called Second Coming.
"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 super hero Sun-Man, the Last Son of Krispex!" DC says in the plot summary.
"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 is written by Mark Russell and artist Richard Pace.
In an interview with website Bleeding Cool, Russell says that "An all-powerful superhero, named Sun-Man, has to share a two bedroom apartment with Jesus Christ. The conceit 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."
Commenters on one social media site said that the premise is "not biblical and demeans the gospel." Another said, "A wolf in a sheep's costume (not even close to the real Jesus by a long shot!) to confuse inexperienced Christians, especially kids!"
The comic goes on sale in March.