There aren’t enough real villains to fight, I guess, so they’re duking it out with each other over civil liberties. The dissenters — led by Captain America, naturally — are facing hard time at a Gitmo-esque facility. Here’s the page at Wikipedia; She-Hulk sounds conflicted. Stay tuned for next week’s issue, in which a grief-stricken Batman hears the news about Haditha and has the Human Torch immolate him outside Don Rumsfeld’s office.
Didn’t Lileks do a Bleat or Screed awhile back about the phenomenon of anti-war superheroes? It sounds like something he’d write about, but I can’t find anything online. Maybe it was Steyn. Anyway, here’s a Frontpage article from 2003 about Superman’s objection to President Luthor’s war in “Qurac.” And here’s an article from 2004 in the Sunday Herald profiling Marvel Comics’ chief writer, Mark Millar, and his opposition to America’s war against “this phantom axis of evil.” How well informed is (or was) Millar?
I felt that, if superheroes really existed, they’d be under enormous pressure to get involved. [Around] 1100 mostly poor, mostly black kids have died out there, so how could someone like Captain America just stay here and fight bank robbers or mad scientists?
Emphasis mine. Here’s the racial breakdown of soldiers killed in Iraq as of two weeks ago.
In fairness to Marvel, they did produce a “Support Our Troops” comic for military personnel overseas. WaPo wrote about it last April. Click, if only for the photo.
Update: This isn’t what I was thinking of, but it is Lileks writing about an anti-war superhero. Thanks to Todd D. for the tip.