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Superpatriot: War on Terror #3

Posted: Thursday, April 20, 2006
By: Michael Deeley



Writer: Robert Kirkman
Artist: E.J. Su

Publisher: Image Comics
Price: $2.99 USD


I’ll say this for Kirkman: He knows how to pack a comic. In this issue, the Superpatriot is sued by the widow of a supervillain he killed. He’s quickly called away to fight his old Nazi enemy Blitzkrieg who’s taken over the town of Skokie, IL. SP shoots up a lot of soldiers and robots, and still finds time to get his girlfriend pregnant.

Okay, it’s an old-fashioned comic with a new-age sensibility. We get violence and humor. The art’s pretty good too, especially the scenes where Superpatriot literally wades through his enemy army and mows down everything he sees. This guy’s Captain America and the Punisher combined. And yet, it ultimately comes off as bland. I mean, most superhero books are combining nostalgic styles with hip dialogue. The art is great, but not exactly memorable. And if this is supposed to be a mini-series, what’s the overall story? The build-up to Superpatriot’s fight with Blitzkrieg? Blitzkrieg only appears on two pages. This could be the third issue in a continuing series. Honestly, other than some fighting, what’s the point of this story?

One last thing: When a comic is called “War on Terror,” the reader expects some terrorists. Blitzkrieg and his army aren’t really terrorists; they’re cookie-cutter supervillains. As someone actually fighting the “War on Terror,” I advise Kirkman to be more careful about his titles.



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