Batman to target bin Laden…

From ABC News:

Beware, terrorists! The Caped Crusader is targeting a villain more sinister than the Joker – Osama bin Laden.

At the WonderCon 2006 comic-book convention in San Francisco last weekend, legendary comics writer and artist Frank Miller revealed that Batman would hunt down bin Laden and al Qaeda in his next DC Comics graphic novel.

In “Holy Terror, Batman!” the Caped Crusader goes after the terror leader and his organization after Gotham City is attacked by terrorists. Though the graphic novel’s title is a take on Robin the Boy Wonder’s catchphrase, Miller said there was nothing campy about the story.

If it wasn’t fiction, I’d predict that the libertarian caped crusader might be more successful than our cowboy boot wearing comic-in-chief. At least it appears that that Batman will be targetting the real enemy, as opposed spending most of his time creating new ones.

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    Batman Won’t be the First Comic-Book Hero to Tackle bin Laden—Alien Bounty Hunter ‘Zen’ Has Already Taken On Earthly Terrorists

    In the late ‘80’s and early ‘90s, comic-book E.T. ‘Zen Intergalactic Ninja’ battled environmental pariahs like Lord Contaminous and Notan the Destroyer.

    In 2003, Zen returned to comics in a five-issue series in which he went after a cabal of alien and human terrorists, led by Osama bin Laden.

    “Zen was relevant when artist Dan Cote and I first created him in 1987,” said writer Stephen Stern, “and when we brought him back in the post-9/11 era, we wanted him to be relevant once again. And I think it’s great that Batman will now also go after bin Laden.”

    Stern was referring to the recent announcement that DC Comics will at some future date publish a graphic novel entitled ‘Holy Terror, Batman,’ by ‘Sin City’ creator Frank Miller.

    The five-issue Zen story, which extends over 120 pages, details how Zen and fellow bounty-hunter NiraX follow an alien terrorist to Earth, only to discover a conspiracy of alien and human terrorists led by a masked, hooded figure known as the Shrike. When the Shrike removes his mask, he is revealed to be Osama bin Laden.

    The Zen comics, which sold out in many of the nation’s comic shops in 2003 and which will no doubt be searched for in back-issue bins in 2006, were written by Stern, with art by Bill Maus.

    “I used photographic references for bin Laden,” Maus said, “because I wanted to make it clear who we were depicting.”

    The story begins with a suicide bomber destroying a New York City skyscraper, in a scene reminiscent of 9/11. “As we follow the bomber to his target, we read excerpts from the actual writings of Sayyid Qutb, considered to be the philosopher of Al Qaeda,” Stern explained.

    “We’re all living in an interconnected world, with a heightened awareness of the threats to our very way of life,” he added. “Superhero comics are a uniquely American artform that can address these issues, while still entertaining us.”

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