Like I’ve said for what seems for ages, in a normal world, Daniel Greenfield would be a syndicated columnist at the NYT or Washington Post with a few Pulitzer prizes under his belt. But that’s just me.
FIGHTING JIHAD IN A POLITICALLY CORRECT COMIC BOOK WORLD
Tales from the comic book infidel underground.
Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam.
Superheroes have never been more culturally dominant than they are in the age of the billion dollar Marvel or DC blockbuster and have never been less relevant.
The emotional momentum of the idealism of Superman creators Siegel and Shuster, Batman creator Bob Kane being viciously beaten up as a boy and fantasizing about vigilante justice have died out leaving behind a lifeless cast of familiar characters owned by movie studios going through the same routines, dying and being reinvented just long to become the same thing all over again.
If someone actually set out to reinvent the superhero, to make him relevant to the world we live in today and to give him the emotional investment of classic comics, he would have to be shut out of the marketplace in self-defense. And that’s exactly what happened to Bosch Fawstin over The Infidel.
Frank Miller’s Holy Terror was one of the few anti-Jihad comics and DC refused to allow Batman to appear in it. But Holy Terror was a muddled work. Fawstin’s Pigman summons up Miller in his prime.
The Infidel #3 (featuring Pigman) is Fawstin’s Dark Knight Returns. It’s where his ambitious complex story comes into its own as Killian Duke, an ex-Muslim comic creator, faces a legal battle against a CAIR-like group and violent attacks by Muslims determined to silence him, including by his own brother.