As reported in Bleeding Cool, North Carolina comic book store The Comic Conspiracy took to Facebook this week to announce a boycott of DC’s New 52 relaunch of Action Comics, written by Grant Morrison and illustrated by Rags Morales. The reasoning being that the above panel — Superman uttering “GD” — was interpreted as taking God’s name in vain, despite a lack of context clues (and vowels). Specifically, the store’s Facebook account wrote, “I however am getting very tired of having comic writer’s liberal agendas force fed to me,” and stated that the shop’s orders for issues #2 and #3 were canceled with Diamond.
Turns out that not exactly what was intended, according to no less of a source than Morrison himself, via DC’s official PR blog The Source:
“It should go without saying that the offending panel and caption, a mere ‘GD’, is a sound effect grunt – to suggest Superman’s breath being forced through gritted teeth – much like ‘DHH’, ‘GNUHH’ or the many others used throughout this book and in general in the comics business. It’s not in any way representative of God or a curse.”
Following that statement, the store issued an apology. To Morrison, at least:
Thank you Grant Morrison. The boycott is lifted. Once again my apologies to Grant for the unwarranted name calling. Thank you to those who supported my stance. To those who didn’t… I respect your opinions. To those who only posted to bash Christians and people with opinions different from yours… grow up and get a life.
In fact, The Comic Conspiracy seemed intent on distancing itself with any possible ill will towards Morrison. The store’s most recent update:
I have no hate toward Scottish people.
Given that it’s a world where Thor saying “ass” causes waves of controversy and debate, would you have objected had Morrison indeed meant “GD” to signify Superman — a young, brash, less powerful Superman who just got blasted by a tank’s artillery — uttering the G-word? Let us know in the comments.