Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Real American Heroes

John Hawkins at Right Wing News as a post about the upcoming Frank Miller graphic novel pitting Batman vs. Al Qaeda.

This topic has been making the rounds of numerous blogs, but I linked to John because he included the incredibily illustrative graphic.

My responce to the Frank Miller anouncement is pretty simple: "What took so long?"

Shouldn't stuff like this been coming out back in 2002? There should be dozens of similar titles already. By this point, every major owner of animated or illustrated content should consider it a point of pride to have had all of thier major stars take up the banner and fight for America. I'm not just talking about obvious heroes like Captain America. If you had told me on September 12, 2001 that by 2006, American icons like Captain America, Batman, Popeye, Bugs Bunny, Donald Duck, the X-Men, and Spiderman were not fighting for the cause of freedom I wouldn't have believed you. I would have imagined that the only possible situation that could occur in was that we had lost the war and were now worried about not offending our new Sharia loving masters.

Is that what is going on?

A repeated question I've asked myself since late 2001 has been, where is GI Joe? Isn't now the time for celebrating real American heroes fighting for freedom against evil terrorist organizations determined to rule the world? Shouldn't that sound alot less implausible today than it did in 1982? Where are the Joes? Don't get me wrong, GI Joe Reinstated is nice and all, but by comparison to Al Qaeda, Cobra looks like a bunch of life affirming law abiding pansies. Isn't it time to acknowledge the real threat? Does anyone else who is a fan want to know where Hawk, Duke, Scarlett, Flint, Lady Jane, Shipwreck, Dusty and the rest were on 9/11, and what they did on that day? Does anyone else want to know what they've been doing since then, as well as see the stories of the new generation of Joe heroes? Does anyone else think that this could be the perfect vehicle for telling the story of the War on Terror? Doesn't it seem logical to think that such a series would be one of the hottest, if not the hottest selling comic books in years? It's not like that you'd even need to dumb down the horror of the story, or its moral ambiguities. If you can have a series like Ultimate X-Men, then surely you can have a mature story for far less gratouitous reasons.

Does anyone else see in that GI Joe timeline evidence of our men and women being betray by higher ups, especially say 'round about 1991? I'd like to hear the Joe's honest take on how they were used in the '90's. I for one find GI 'Eco-Warriors' to be abuse of the product line, and down right offensive and distasteful. Surprisingly, however, my views are not given nearly as much weight as the views of people who would find GI Joe fighting Al Qaeda distasteful - even though I'm customer and they are not.


At 4:14 PM, Blogger David Blue said...

You're completely right. This should have been done long before.

I don't think the writers and artists to do it exist.

I've read political stories with Captain America. They were bad. When the writer sees in Cap a suitable figure to represent a guilty America, one that ought to be ashamed of its government, one that has to take moral correction from Africa and parts beyond, one that has an irredeemably corrupt military bedevilling the world - I can see why the writer wants Cap, because the guy in the flag suit is the one the writer wants in the dock; but I can't see why a sensible editor would let him have Cap.

Except that the writer you really want for Cap, the one who's desperate to get Cap because he (the writer) is busting with stories he wants to tell about the War On Terror - LOOK OUT OSAMA, HERE WE COME! - that writer seems not to exist.

I'm a Fantastic Four fan. It diminishes my heroes in my eyes that they're absent for this war. They certainly fought Communists like the Red Ghost. They used to have back-story that put Reed and Ben in Europe fighting Nazis is World War Two. Come on, Ben: IT'S CLOBBERIN' TIME!

If Jack Kirby - who was in Patton's army and who was never shy about standing up for America - was pencilling and to some extent writing Fantastic Four, we'd see them fighting the Jew-hating, anti-American thugs of today. But Jack's long gone, and there is nobody like him around now. Nobody.

Fank Miller seems to be the best we've got. After Dark Knight Strikes Again, that's not very promising.

Even so, if this is even moderately good - I don't mean great, just not a disaster - I'll buy it for sure.


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