Last week we commiserated (at least I did,anyway) about the comics we used to read and enjoy. All of the superheroes fought and ultimately defeated evil. Those were the halcyon days when actions had consequences.
I came across this and I was horrified. Superman is now a #copslivesdon’tmatter as he joins the homeys fighting the eeevil poe-leece.
Superman fights the police in new comic paralleling Ferguson riots
The latest issue of Action Comics finds Superman battling a foe on the streets of Metropolis, but this time he isn’t taking on his rival Lex Luthor. Instead, he’s battling the police, which has some people outraged.
“There’s some fans that are alienated, a portion of the older fans,” said Dimitrios Fragiskatos, the manager of Midtown Comics in New York City. “[But] younger fans seem to be embracing it.”
In the issue, Clark Kent’s secret identity has been revealed, he has been stripped of most of his powers and he’s ditched his tights. Instead, Kent wears just a T-shirt and jeans, along with tatters of his Superman cape over his fists.
The downtrodden hero returns to a town that is fearful of him. Although a group of his supporters decide to celebrate his return, the police department soon arrives to break up the party. One of his supporters gets unruly, the police get angry, and before long, a full blown riot breaks out. The comic ends with Superman punching a police officer in the face.
“[Some of] the earliest stories involve [Superman] fighting corrupt landlords and businesses and that was to give depression era people something [to relate to],” he said. “When you look back it’s not surprising that he became popular when there was no real world hero to look up to.”
Colligan, however, argued comic books should go back to the basics.
“Comic books are taking on social issues lately and maybe they should get back to taking on superheroes and making people laugh,” he said.
EVEN ARCHIE ISN’T IMMUNE TO POLITICAL LUNACY
Archie Will Die Taking a Bullet for His Gay Best Friend
This photo provided by Archie Comics shows the cover of the comic book, Life with Archie #36
By Associated Press
They’ll make him gay soon enough.