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January 03, 2007

Spidey Pulls an Olbermann

Talk about losing the culture!  The Washington DC Examiner (I'd never heard of it but it appears to be a real newspaper) reports that the latest edition of "The Amazing Spider-Man" comic book (#536) has an-on-going story entitled "Civil War".  Here's what the Examiner says has happened in previous issues:

In Marvel Comics’ — ahem — “Civil War” story arc, the U.S. government passes the “Superhuman Registration Act” after hundreds of innocent American men, women and children become collateral damage in a superhero-related tragedy (the president of the United States even swings by the disaster site to assess the damage). The act mandates registration of all superheroes with the government. Spider-Man initially supports the act but then grows suspicious after discovering that unregistered captives are being held without civil rights at an off-shore prison called “the Negative Zone” (oh, and the prison was built with a no-bid contract). Detainees will remain there for life if they don’t register.

In this issue, Spider-Man publicly denounces the act on the NYC airwaves:

“I’ve seen the very concept of justice destroyed,” Spidey begins (as written by J. Michael Straczynski). “I’ve seen heroes and bad guys alike — dangerous guys, no mistake, but still born in this country for the most part, denied due process, and imprisoned, potentially for the rest of their lives. … But there’s a point where the ends don’t justify the means, if the means require us to give up not just our identities, but who and what we are as a country.”

If this continues, the Democrats can probably count on solid support from Generation Z as well as the likely on-going Democratic loyalty of the current new voters of Generation Y.

Posted by Lynn Allen on January 3, 2007 at 09:52 AM in Media, National and International Politics | Permalink


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