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Upcoming comic plot: Batman takes on al-Qaida

Murdoc used to collect comic books. He still enjoys reading them to his kids. And remains a fan of the serial nature of the format. Then there’s this:

Batman will square off against an al-Qaida cell bent on destroying Gotham City in a graphic novel titled “Holy Terror, Batman!” tentatively scheduled for release sometime in 2007.

DC Comics officials will not release details of the plot, but did confirm that artist Frank Miller has composed about 120 pages of the 200-page book. Miller revealed his motivations for the terrorism-themed issue at a comic book convention in San Francisco last weekend.

“It just seems silly to chase around the Riddler when you’ve got al-Qaida out there,” Miller said, according to, an entertainment and videogame news Web site.

The artist also called the issue “a piece of propaganda (in which ) Batman kicks al-Qaida’s ass” and “a reminder to people who seem to have forgotten who we’re up against.”

Being as I’ve always seen the Batman as being only slightly less-fanatic than your typical militant extremist, this could be good. However, “Batman: Holy Terror” was a Graphic Novel in 1991 (set in an America-lost-the-Revolution alternate reality), so I guess I’m thinking they need another title.

Hopefully, though, the story will strive to remain neutral and non-judgemental. And will devote significant time to exploring al Qaeda’s side of the story.

I knew I couldn’t say that with a straight face.

And we can be sure that everyone will realize “it’s just a comic book” and not all riot or something…


  1. Every time I’ve read about this there have been references to Miller’s politics- usually along these lines, ‘but I thought he was a liberal?’ Miller’s own beliefs aside I think it’s very telling that the default assumption is that Miller must be some sort of closet conservative to want to write a piece about an all-American hero battling America’s top enemy. Says a lot about liberals don’t you tihnk?

  2. There’s an article in the nytimes talking about how Marvel is doing a similar line of stories called ‘Civil War’.