He maketh me to kick ass: why Jesus is the perfect comic hero

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He maketh me to kick ass: why Jesus is the perfect comic hero

While conservatives shriek about ‘The Second Coming’, it shows that comics and Christ are a match made in heaven

Sam Leith

The image with which the comic book The Second Coming announces itself is quite the eyebrow-raiser.

On one side of the frame is a very conventional-looking cape-and-tights superhero with a battered hoodlum in a headlock, fist cocked to clock him once again on the jaw. Next to him, evidently a little bemused, is Jesus, looking like, well, Jesus – and he too has a man in a symmetrical grip but instead of cocking his fist he’s pushing a baguette towards his baddy’s mouth.

Something about loaves and fishes, right? Anyway, an outcry over the harmlessly silly premise of this comic – God sends Jesus to become a trainee superhero – has been enough to cause its original publishers, DC Comics, to drop the title...

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