An image from the graphic novel "Jesusfreak" (courtesy Image Comics)

An image from the graphic novel “Jesusfreak” (courtesy Image Comics)

What’s the last taboo?

Maybe it’s the new graphic novel from Image Comics, publisher of “The Walking Dead” series and other hits – “Jesusfreak,” in which Jesus of Nazareth is portrayed as a stone-cold killer.

Oh, and by the way, it comes out just in time for Lent.

The previews show the Messiah beheading foes with a whirling sword.

Promotional material explains: “The year is 26 C.E. A young Nazarean carpenter is having some trouble adjusting to the violent world around him – and finding his place within it. He knows he’s different, but he doesn’t know why. Not yet, anyway. A bloody, two-fisted tale of historical heroic fiction …”

Cover of "Jesusfreak" (courtesy Image Comics)

Cover of “Jesusfreak” (courtesy Image Comics)

Reports say the publisher is banking on blasphemy protests to propel sales.

“‘Jesusfreak’ is less inspired by any strict religious traditions and is instead more concerned with exploring the unique tension that exists between depicting a mythical figure and a historical figure – a tension that is compounded when, for many, they’re considered the same person,” said Joe Casey, the writer, when the project was first announced.

“It’s also a chance for [co-writer Benjamin] Marra and I to indulge in a specific style of hard-pulp storytelling that we think perfectly fits this material.”

The release follows an announcement of plans by another comic publisher, DC Vertigo, to release “Second Coming,” in which Jesus learns how to be Messiah from a comic action figure named Sun-Man.

As WND reported, the publishing project was scrapped recently after petitions, protests and negative coverage.

Sun-Man and Jesus Christ in artwork for the canceled Second Coming comic. (DC Comics)

Sun-Man and Jesus Christ in artwork for the canceled Second Coming comic. (DC Comics)

Yet, another publisher is considering it.

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