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Captain America vs. The Patriot Act?

“Yesterday, Marvel Comics released 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. The seven-issue series once again puts superheroes right back in the thick of real-world news, just as DC Comics has Batman battling al-Qaeda in a soon-to-appear comic and Marvel’s X-Men continue to explore themes of public intolerance and discrimination.

In Civil War, 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 as Superheroes are ordered to register as human WMDs or be branded fugitives.”

The kids are going to eat this storyline up.

I vividly remember a 1970’s Superman comic book that dealt with latch-key kids (being one myself). How much more personal and relevant is this?

I’m going comic shopping tomorrow.