September 28, 2011


Frank Miller's long overdue Holy Terror is evoking just the reaction (among some) that I always knew it would. Case in point: Graeme McMillan at Robot 6. He says it's “visually impressive” but also “disturbingly simplistic.” To wit:

This isn’t a story as much as a revenge fantasy from someone who is clearly terrified of the world that he’s found himself living in, and closed himself off from reality as a result; not only are the terrorist villains of the book ridiculously simplistic, but so is the “war” that the Fixer carries out against them. The terrorist characters that appear fulfill almost every single stereotype imaginable about them, including an apparent ability to be wherever they need to be to destroy a helicopter just because the plot demands it, and because it makes the “enemy” more unknowable and scary, and yet they can easily be defeated with guns and bombs, because, you know, more violence is always the answer.

He goes on to say the book is "willfully stupid," "a mix of parody and propaganda," "just a crappy comic," and has "problematic propaganda and politics behind it."

Funny how, in today's contemporary comics, such a portrayal of Islamic fundamentalists is "problematic propaganda and politics," not to mention "stereotypical" and "closed off from reality," yet aside from obvious right-leaning comics opinion sites, we rarely, if ever, read criticisms about these same attributes in comicbooks which lambaste Republicans, the Tea Party, and conservatives in general. See here, here, here and here for starters.

Outrageous political correctness has not only infected modern comics, but too much of its press, too.

Posted by Hube at September 28, 2011 04:44 PM | TrackBack

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