This is a great article about superhero comics and their role in and around politics. After a very brief overview of comics in the 40s (comics in which Captain America used to beat up Hitler over and over), Julian Sanchez then explores the place of modern superheroes in politics, how comic writers approach politics, and whether it’s done well.

There was a Captain America premise I loved–I think it was written by Rob Morales. Captain America is sent to Guantanamo Bay to oversee the trials for the detainees. Since the trials are closed, there needs to be a presence that assures our nation and the nations of the world that the trials are fair. Hence, the Cap, a hero everyone can trust. This article hits the nail on the head as to why this story, and so many others, ended up falling a little short.

http://www.prospect.org/cs/articles?article=the_revolt_of_the_comic_boooks

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