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Friday, March 16, 2007. *

Here's a Watchmen like question: Who is the real bad guy: people who mug old ladies or folks who kill a half million Iraqis? If you really wanted to stop crime, then who would you kill first? I think that's the premise for this comic called "Black Summer", which I heard about at Warren Ellis' great site. More quotes from Warren:

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Political blog Outside The Beltway picks up on BLACK SUMMER.

After all, in a broader ethical sense, is there a difference between a superhero, acting outside the due process of law, killing a President he believes to be a criminal any different than a country, arguably acting outside the law, invading another country that it believes to be a threat?

3926 by Warren Ellis | on Mar 16, 2007 @ 6:44pm | in admin
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And here:

BLACK SUMMER: Interview At Silver Bullet Comics

With additional stuff from William Christensen and Juan Jose Ryp:

BLACK SUMMER is about the final question of superhero fiction: where does a self-identified superhero draw the line at fighting crime? And I don’t mean the Punisher thing of let’s-just-kill-the-bad-guys, or the easy out of “corporations are criminals too.” I mean, where do you draw the line at defining a criminal? Where do you draw the line at pursuing a criminal act? If your ethical compulsion is to step outside the system of law to prosecute or avenge crime — what do you do in a country where your President can be said to have perpetrated an illegal war that’s claimed thousands of lives?

3920 by Warren Ellis | on Mar 15, 2007 @ 1:12am | in Work
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For the record, and for the edification of the prying eyes of either Homeland Security and/or the secret service, I do not support the murder of the current president of the United States. However, I think there are people who may have come to the conclusion that our political system is broken and that all nonviolent avenues have been exhausted. So, I guess I'm saying I wouldn't be surprised if someone took a shot at him. Then again, its only a comic book ha ha ha and ha.

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