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

COMICS
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 …

Three Positive Musical Artists Set to Make a Big Return in 2017

Lorde: One of Three Positive Musical Artists Set to Make a Big Return in 2017
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MUSIC

Lorde

New Zealand songstress Lorde, whose real name is Ella Maria Lani Yelich-O'Connor, hasn't released an album since her blockbuster debut in 2013 just prior to her 17th birthday. That album, entitled Pure Heroine, produced the single "Royals," which hit the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Festival dates and a world tour kept her busy in 2014, but after that, she was largely quiet with some minor contributions on soundtracks and a house singled called "Magnets" in 2015.

Lorde, who is all grown up now, announced toward the end of 2016 that work was nearing completion on her new album. Not only that, the first few days of 2017 saw two major festival announcements. Lorde will have the second highest Sunday slot at April's Coachella Festival, followed by her debut at Governor's Ball the first weekend in June. If she intends to repeat her success of 2014, look for more festival dates soon as she ruled the circuit that year.



Arcade Fire: One of Three Positive Musical Artists Set to Make a Big Return in 2017
Arcade Fire

The Canadian indie rock band headed by husband and wife team Win Butler and Regine Chassagne has already been busy in 2017 with the release of Arcade Fire: The Reflektor Tapes, a two-disc set featuring a full-length concert film recorded at Earl's Court in London, plus a documentary. The band's new anthemic single is entitled, "I Give You Power" and features Chicago blues legend Mavis Staples.

The band and Staples released a joint statement saying that now more than ever it's important to stick together. Arcade Fire's new album is expected to hit the airwaves in the first half of 2017, while seven European festivals are already on the books for summer, starting with the prestigious Isle of Wight Festival in June.

U2: One of Three Positive Musical Artists Set to Make a Big Return in 2017
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U2

Another act that has been out of the musical spotlight, but never far from the headlines are Irish rockers U2. Songs of Experience, their follow-up to Songs of Innocence, is expected to see the light of day in the first half of the year. More than 50 songs have been written for the album, with lead singer Bono comparing it lyrically to the band's 1983 classic, War, but with more clarity. U2 kicks off its "Joshua Tree 2017 Tour" in Vancouver, BC, on May 12th, spending May and June in North America, followed by concerts in Europe in July. The band has indicated that it will probably add more dates in the fall.

Jason Matthews hails from New York City where he is a marketing associate by day and blogger by night. He is an absolute sports and music fanatic who often tries to marry the two in his writing.


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