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Look! Up in the Sky! It’s a Bird! A Plane! Jesus?

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Here’s to good intentions. DC Comics has announced that the comic book giant will be releasing a new parody series based on Jesus Christ through the companies DC Vertigo line. The adult graphic novel was written by Mark Russell with artwork created by Richard Pace and will arrive on store shelves on March 6, 2019.

A far cry from earlier religious comics from Spire in the 1970's, this new one will be tried out as a limited series but could becoming a regular one if it becomes popular. Second Coming is described by DC as follows:

“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! 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.”

At this point, it’s hard to know if Russell, who has written a …

Guess Who's Coming Over for Thanksgiving?

Kermit the Frog and Lady Gaga together again. Only this time
she's not wearing him. (Photo: ABC)
I’m not sure if ABC is trying to make Lady Gaga more “family friendly” or the Muppets more risqué or maybe a little bit of both. Certainly, the Muppets stand for family values, but this Thanksgiving special airs at 9:30 p.m. when most of the little tykes will have already gone to bed. Lady Gaga is not known for being subtle, but perhaps she will tone it down a bit for the special. However, one of the guests is drag queen RuPaul, so we'll just have to wait and see.



This will be Lady Gaga’s second Thanksgiving special for the network. “A Very Gaga Thanksgiving” aired in 2011 which featured appearances from Katie Couric, Art Smith, and Tony Bennett. Surprisingly, the special received good reviews and ratings.

This year’s special will be a bit different. ABC describes the special as an “avant-garde twist on the classic holiday variety show as Lady Gaga goes backstage with The Muppets, making a performance dream come true for the multi-platinum singer songwriter when they combine forces to sing holiday favorites and Lady Gaga hits.” It could even end up being a large infomercial for Gaga and Disney, the network’s parent company.

Other guests for the special include Elton John, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Kristen Bell. Bell “just happens” to be featured in the new “Frozen” animated film that comes out Wednesday. A special “sneak peek” of the Muppets new movie, “Muppets Most Wanted,” will be shown as well and Gaga’s most recent album, “Art Pop,” just came out a couple of weeks ago.


Performance highlights include a duet between Lady Gaga and Kermit the Frog (of course), a "dazzling rendition” of Gaga’s hit “Applause” with special Muppet guests, and Bell appears in a special sketch alongside the Muppets and Lady Gaga. However, I’m looking forward to the Muppet versions of “Deck the Halls” and “jingle Bells” by the Swedish Chef, Beaker and Animal.


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