D.C. comics: like the guy with the lampshade on his head
[via Henry and several emails]
Is D.C. Comics making a statement with it's new Justice League of America title, Stream of Consciousness?
Lex Luthor, has snagged the job of president of the United States. And President Luthor plans to pre-emptively strike a country called Qurac....Superheroes, including the venerable Batman and Superman, oppose the military action.
And then Superman delivers this speech:
We exist because those with the power to stop injustice simply must. With clarity, compassion, and truth as their most powerful weapons. We can show them a better way, I know we can. Armed conflict may be an option, and I will support it if the truth is clear, and the cause is just. But I will know the truth, and I will not feel ashamed or be called un-American for demanding it.
Mind Pollution has a summary of the title. An excerpt:
As the situation escalates, dissent is labeled as treasonous, and the government creates paranoia for public sentiment to feed upon. War with Qurac seems inevitable, despite worldwide disagreement. At one point, the announcement goes out that the American public will be able to avoid the napalm-like effects of another terrorist attack through the use of household cooking ingredients. Crowds of shoppers stampede their supermarkets.
Ah, shades of duct tape. And there's oil and mid-east terrorist links and on and on.
The entertainment industry often takes the headlines of the day and turns them into, well, entertainment.
But onto my original question: Is D.C. Comics making a statement?
I believe they are, but not the political message that most people will see when they read JLA. I do believe the bigger message is this:
Hi. We are D.C. Comics. Pay attention to us, we are being controversial for the sake of being controversial. Buy our comics!
Nothing more, nothing less.