I’m a fan of comics, sue me. I think comics have always been a fluid medium that allowed cultural and political commentary. While essentially this new Marvel series is re-treading the old ground forged by DCs The Dark Knight it’s certainly an interesting time to be releasing it. American mainstream media is cowed to the point of obsequiousness, is it left to a seven issue comic series to take on the debate of civil liberties Vs government control?
Well done Marvel.
Captain America is about to battle his most fearsome foe yet: The government of the United States.
Today, Marvel Comics is releasing the first in its miniseries Civil War, which can only be described as a gutsy comic-book series focusing on the whole debate over homeland security and tighter government controls in the name of public safety.
hero is pitted against hero in the choice of whether or not to side with the government, as issues ranging from a Guantanamo-like prison camp for superheroes, embedded reporters and the power of media all play in the mix.
The Fantastic Four’s elastic Mr. Fantastic has already joined Iron Man to support Washington in earlier editions of Marvel comics leading into the Civil War series. Doctor Strange isn’t taking Washington’s side.
But what about Spider-Man, that hero of many counterculture kids? Will he side with the Man? Or will the rest of the Fantastic Four?
But Marvel says it isn’t trying to take one side or the other.
“We need to present both sides’ arguments, both sides of the coin, as fairly and as accurately as possible, and really let the readers make their own decision,” said editor-in-chief Joe Quesada. “Marvel readers come in all shapes and sizes, and we speak to so many different people, different demographics. It’s unfair for us to make this our bully pulpit and sit there and say, ‘This bad. That good.’.”
The series is also far removed from the era when DC Comics’ Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman were punching out the Nazis or Japanese during the Second World War.