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NEW YORK (AFP) - Bored with pitting his wits against the Joker and the Riddler, Batman is setting his sights on a more challenging target -- Osama bin Laden.
Holy Terror, Batman!" an upcoming graphic novel from famed Batman writer Frank Miller, sees the caped crusader facing off against Al-Qaeda operatives who attack Gotham City.
Miller, who has already inked his way through 120 pages of the 200-page opus, told a recent comic book convention that the novel was an unashamed "piece of propaganda" in which Batman "kicks Al-Qaeda's ass."
"Superman punched out Hitler. So did Captain America. That's one of the things they're there for,"
...ecently announced "Holy Terror Batman!," to capture the zeitgeist of an age so accurately in so many different time periods.
"Mostly from reading newspapers and the internet." Miller said. The tradition of having comics reflect the times they live has fallen off since the days of Frederic Wertham's near industry killing "Seduction of the Innocent," but it was commonplace in the forties when characters like Superman and Captain America routinely fought real world evils like Hitler and Mussolini. By turning away from this, by becoming apolitical, superheroes have rendered themselves irrelevant.
But according to Miller, they don't have to be. Inspired by artists like R.Crumb, Miller has aspired to have his stories reflect his viewpoint of the world, showing the audience the world as he sees it. Superheroes should interact with the real world.
"Superheroes are folk heroes," said Miller, "and how can folk heroes not interact with folk?"