Batman to Pursue Al Qaeda

Via Risky Business, the news that Frank Miller, who also wrote the Sin City series, is revisiting the Dark Knight universe he created in the 1980s to pen a graphic novel in which Batman joins the fight against the terorists. The novel will be titled, Holy Terror, Batman! and will feature a terror attack on Gotham. What seems unusal about the planned novel, especially given Miller’s far more critical work in the original Dark Knight universe, is that Miller claims that the novel will serve as “pure propaganda,” in which Batman “kicks al Qaeda’s ass.”

Brainster’s Blog has a rundown on Miller’s comics and their overt political imagery, and like him, I think it’s a bit too easy to ascribe a consistent political vision to Miller’s artistic output. I’m curious to see Holy Terror, even if it is overt “propaganda,” but I’d love to see something a bit more nuanced.

Update: Just noticed that Scott Eric Kaufman has a thoughtful post on Holy Terror.


  1. Jason Said,

    February 17, 2006 @ 2:25 pm

    Chuck – this post was quoted in today’s (friday’s) Washington Post Express “Blog Log.” Cool 🙂

  2. Chuck Said,

    February 17, 2006 @ 2:35 pm

    Cool. I’ve been trying to get them to quote me for weeks (not really, but I though it would be kind of cool). I’ll have to pick up a copy when I’m out later.

    Here’s the issue as a massive PDF. I’m on page 37 or so.

  3. G Zombie Said,

    February 20, 2006 @ 7:24 pm

    Here’s a related story:

    The Battle Outside Raging, Superheroes Dive In,” by George Gene Gustines (New York Times Feb 20, 2006).

    America’s real-world political issues will wind themselves into the lives of the heroes of Marvel Comics in “Civil War,” a seven-issue limited monthly series.

  4. Chuck Said,

    February 21, 2006 @ 10:54 am

    GZ, thanks for noting the Times article. Sounds like some really interesting work is being done in comics/graphic novels.

  5. david Said,

    March 26, 2006 @ 3:49 pm

    It’s alright…. both Miller and Batman have been stopped…
    The Irony Party of Australia has video footage to prove it, as part of an article entitled
    Looks authentic to me

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