Spider-Man’s next super-villain: George W. Bush

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"Destiny" got the scoop on the Examiner, noting that: "Spider-Man crashed into a newscast this month to criticize government policy on secret detentions. Granted this took place in a comic book � but it was clearly addressing specific policies of the Bush administration."

The Examiner summarizes:

In Marvel Comics’ � ahem � “Civil War� story arc, the U.S. government passes the “Superhuman Registration Act� after hundreds of innocent American men, women and children become collateral damage in a superhero-related tragedy (the president of the United States even swings by the disaster site to assess the damage). The act mandates registration of all superheroes with the government. Spider-Man initially supports the act but then grows suspicious after discovering that unregistered captives are being held without civil rights at an off-shore prison called “the Negative Zone� (oh, and the prison was built with a no-bid contract). Detainees will remain there for life if they don’t register.
Destiny notes that the writer of this particular storyline, Bush-critic J. Michael Straczynski, was sick of having the famous "with great power comes great responsibility" phrase twisted into some neocolonialist manifest destiny bullshit. Thus, "Civil War."

More to come... bet your bottom dollar.

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