Feb 26, 2020
No two ways about it, this one is a doozy. Anthony & Doc were supposed to talk about terrorism in comics. They end up solving real world terrorism. In a manner of speaking. This one pulls no punches - listen now!
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Terrorism in comics has existed as long as the medium – secret organizations hellbent on global domination, mad scientists looking to usurp the world order, connection to Axis powers in WWII… lengthy history
In the 60s, AIM and Hydra were two big organizations in Marvel Comics, while the Council and H.I.V.E. (Hierarchy of International Vengeance and Extermination) existed in DC
Other publishers wrote similar timely stories – The American, written by Mark Verheiden for Dark Horse, depicted a superhero killed trying to stop a hijacking in Beirut
As we’re almost 2 decades into the War on Terror, depictions of terrorism in comics are deeply rooted in real world geopolitics, while still providing social commentary on modern events – current run on Captain America has a character called Scourge killing police and innocents in an attempt to besmirch Steve Rogers
V for Vendetta – Alan Moore’s unscrupulous hero functions essentially as a terrorist against an authoritarian government
Watchmen – Ozymandias’ plot to unite humanity against a common alien foe is accomplished through terrorist methods
What makes a terrorist? What motivates them?
Is there a world in which there is no terrorism?
How are terrorists treated psychologically?
Next episodes – The Tick, Abe Sapien, Yorick (Y: the Last Man)