Actually, Marvel, I don't fear "losing control." Fiscal conservatives will apparently occupy the next Congress (I'll withhold judgment until I see some concrete public policy exit the gates). However, it's completely valid to feel like you're losing control when the federal government racks up deficits that would flatten...The Hulk.

Marvel comics has announced its next big event: Fear Itself. Anyone who follows comics knows about the incredibly bad Bush-allegory that was Civil War. And they also know that Captain America spent a part of 2010 fearing, ostensibly, the Tea Party movement. If you head to Vegas anytime soon, place your bets that more liberal claptrap is on its way:

Marvel’s summer event starting in April, 2011 by me [Matt Fraction] and Stuart Immonen. I’ve waited a really long time to talk about this, so here we go. The story should be relatable to where we are today. Like the best of all Marvel stuff it’s something that speaks to the world we live in. It feels like there’s this great shadow over us all, this anxiousness, this anger. It feels like reason and discourse have taken a back seat to “mob mentality” and “hysteria”, and everyone is afraid of something right now. And if you doubt me, and you’re getting on an airplane in the next few days, enjoy that guy who touches your business and think a little bit about how afraid we are of each other.

The Marvel heroes versus the God of Fear: The more you fear him the stronger he gets, and we are all his weapons. This is the very best that mankind has to offer versus the very worst of the Gods. These are characters that we know and love fighting world-ending, extinction grade threat, and I promise you won’t feel underserved at any level involvement. Just wait until we start teasing who “The Worthy are and why they were chosen… So get ready. Get excited. This summer, when the whole world is watching Marvel characters and thinking about Thor and thinking about Captain American and aware of just how amazing these guys are we are going to be busting the doors down with the biggest story we have ever told.

Notice any red flags? “Mob Mentality” and “Hysteria”? It’s interesting how Matt Fraction wasn’t concerned about mobs before President Obama was in office, perhaps because he was busy enjoying Captain America’s “heroic” stance in Civil War, where he fought and died for a superhero’s “right” to anonymously walk around town with the ability to rape your wife in front of you, mind wipe you so you never remember it happened, and then start the process all over again the following weekend (because, as we all know, the government would have no vested interest in cataloging citizens who could do such a thing—at least not under the Bush administration).

When I go through airport security and someone “touches my junk” I don’t think about fear towards my fellow Americans—I’m just upset that our elected officials are always reacting to the last threat (e.g., Islamic terrorists who melt their testicles off during failed attempts to down jetliners during the holidays) instead of thinking outside the box to prevent the next threat. I don’t “fear” Americans, but I do want home grown terrorists—treasonous Americans—tried for said crime and put to death.

Do I fear what I've become? No. I do fear for the nation, which is filled with economic dunces modeled on the ramblings of Bill Maher and Seth MacFarlane.

One of Marvel’s promotional shots asks if the reader fears who they’ve become.  Actually, I do fear what the nation has become, if we’re talking about a nation filled with economic dunces modeled after Seth MacFarlane, who look at an avalanche of debt heading their way and respond by impressing their friends with their best “Stewie” voice.  The reason why the GOP took back control of Congress in a big red wave unlike anything seen in decades is because the Tea Party movement used the “reason and discourse” Matt claims isn’t there.  I suppose if you’re a liberal that got caught in the undertow your vision and hearing may have been impaired in the process…

Still don’t believe me?  I too always want to give Marvel the benefit of the doubt, but doing that usually means I’m just going to get burned.  I checked out Matt’s Twitter page, and it turns out he’s a card carrying member of the “try Bush for war crimes” crowd:

Dear Matt: Should Barack Obama be tried for war crimes? Maybe you should Google the frequency with which our drones have been operating in Pakistan as of late. Maybe you should take a visit down to Gitmo, since the doors are still open. Perhaps that's because Islamic terrorists around the world continue to devise ways to implement another spectacular event on par (or exceeding) 9/11.

I wonder if Matt also wants to try President Obama, since he’s taking part in a very real kind of Secret War, the type that Marvel is famous for writing about? Probably not. Like the hypocritical left around the world, whose rallies disappeared after Obama was elected, he’ll stay silent. The drones will continue firing on jihadist clowns, Gitmo’s doors are still open (thank Goodness), and our Special Ops are busy tallying up victories the average American will never hear about—kind of like the stories of Captain America in Afghanistan that Marvel refuses to create despite an existing, lethal, and determined enemy.

Conservative comic fans need to stop reacting to Marvel’s half-hearted backpedaling after every blatant liberal pot shot inserted into a major storyline.  If the “Brain Trust” at Marvel had any smarts they’d actually enlist a conservative writer or two who could weave some incredibly awesome tales. Note to self: don’t hold breath.

I’ll be buying Fear Itself, but the moment it turns into Liberalism Itself I’ll be withholding my cash.

About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.

3 comments

  1. I get what you are saying about Marvel’s Civil War, but I do think there is an argument to be made in support of the anti-registration heroes, maybe a more libertarian than conservative argument.

    When Civil War started up, I have to say I didn’t like the idea of the government dictating to superheroes how they should operate. I understand that vigilantism is itself a crime, but this is a world with superheroes, so I would assume that being a vigilante ranks up there with jaywalking. What I see is a regulation of superheroes and that, like the liberal reaction to terrorist attacks, this was a knee-jerk reaction to a rare incident. Also, when one compares this to gun control, registering metahumans hurts heroes, not villains.

    Maybe I am just biased to Captain America (Steve Rogers) and I believed the argument he presented on preserving liberty, but I can’t agree with what you’re saying on that. More regulations, more government control, less freedoms for those who fight for the freedoms of others, etc does sound like the conservative side to this.

    Anyways, Marvel messed this event up just as DC Comics is now messing up with Blackest Night/Brightest Day. To me, it is just two egomaniacs trying to leave their stamp on their respective comic books and they couldn’t care about the legacy of the characters they pretend to be protecting.

  2. Thanks for the comments! Really good points.

    Here’s a bit of a counter:

    When Civil War first started out it was simply a registration; the government just wanted to have on file whether or not you had the power to enter into someone’s mind and make them kill their neighbor. Fine. Sounds reasonable to me. But then Marvel shied away from a story that really asked serious questions about a post 9/11 world and went with a cartoonish depiction of the Patriot Act. Suddenly heroes had to essentially WORK for the government, which was weird. So then some guy with super powers who stopped a bank robbery was suddenly the “real” criminal in the eyes of the law.

    If Marvel treated both the conservative and liberal positions with the intellectual respect both sides deserved it would have been awesome. Just like real life people would have been torn about who to back. Instead, they made it easy. They picked the side they thought was “correct”, wrote it in a way where readers were encouraged to “pledge allegiance” with Cap, and went from there. Oh well. I saved a lot of money…

    1. I see what you are saying there. I also saw the apparent ties to 9/11 and the Patriot Act, but I have a hard time accepting that the superhero act is comparable to the PATRIOT Act. Does that mean Marvel wasn’t trying to create a parallel? Of course not as it is pretty obvious that they were. The issue I am having is accepting their argument. Mind you, if they weren’t moral cowards, it wouldn’t have taken them as long after 9/11 as it did to release Civil War.

      The whole thing bothered me. Its not like superheroes didn’t work for the government before, be it Marvel (ex: Secret War) or DC (ex: Suicide Squad), but this was pretty pathetic as they were carrying out political initiatives. It didn’t even stop with Civil War. As you and others, including myself, pointed out, you had Captain America and Falcon attacking Tea Party protesters. Then, to further add insult to injury, you had Barack Obama pardoning Steve Rogers, saying “I’m risking my reputation doing this.” What reputation? Rogers was a hero, fighting America’s enemies for decades, while Obama was literally “paling around” with many of them. It was disgusting.

      In any event, I am keeping clear of comics for the time being. Its all just nonsense these days. Save money for other, more enjoyable and less political things. Great post! Keep up the good work.

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