Saturday, January 17, 2009

Barack Obama Versus the Green Goblin!

Like everyone else in America, I picked up a copy of the Amazing Spider-Man #583 last week. In my case, I'm a regular reader, won over by the last year's worth of very enjoyable Spider-Man comics. There's been a controversy regarding the weekly Amazing Spider-Man title since a soft reboot that annulled his marriage. I have to admit, after early misgivings, that it seems to have worked out well. All of which is to say that while I was amused by the Obama short (though I was a bit annoyed when the Chameleon acted like it was his first time ever impersonating someone), I was mainly in for the feature story. That said, there's an even more pivotal Obama appearance coming one day after the inauguration, when the newly minted president comes face to face with Norman Osborn a.k.a. The Green Goblin!

The former Green Goblin has become a major power broker in the Marvel Universe, and his next move takes place in Thunderbolts #128, solicited as follows:

From the ashes of Secret Invasion, an all-new era for the Thunderbolts erupts, with repercussions felt right across the Marvel Universe! Yelena Belova (a.k.a. Black Widow II) leads the irredeemable Ant-Man and the sinister Ghost in a daring mission to take down the U.S. President aboard Air Force One! But even as Norman Osborn tightens his grip on power, he must battle toe-to-toe against his deadliest foe: the Green Goblin! Wait, what...? Be there as writer Andy Diggle (The Losers) and artist Roberto De La Torre (INVINCIBLE IRON MAN) flip everyone’s favorite team of villains upside down!


This week some preview pages were posted online, and as you can see, they are chock-full of Obama. The way it reads seems to confirm that Bush put Norman Osborn in charge of the Fifty State Initiative (despite a scene in Secret Invasion #8 that made it look like Obama), and the new President is at least temporarily stuck with Osborn running the world's superhuman community. Osborn is obviously no happier with his new boss, and is already plotting to keep his grip on power. I'm guessing that Norman engineers an attack by some bogus Green Goblin that he can "save" the President from, thus cementing his hero image, distancing himself from the Goblin, and keeping his job. Whatever happens, its worth pointing out that President Obama makes his first substantial Marvel Universe appearance this week in a book that the general public has never even heard of, so it may be worth reserving a copy if you want to read it. All I know is that I hope Obama got Spidey's cellphone number,because he may need it!



16 comments:

Grebo said...

Thanks very much for posting this. Secret Invasion was such an abortion already... the implication that Obama appointed Osborn added harsh insult to greivous injury. Nice to see that Marvel's going back on that. I personally would rather not have to slog through Dark Reign at all, but oh well. (That "Starkgate" term really stings!) In any event, seeing Osborn face hostility from the new administration is great, and genuinely makes the situation more interesting. So, again, thanks for calling attention to this!

Brian Hughes said...

Huh. I also just noticed that in the Marvel Universe, the government managed to blame the global economic crisis on the Skrulls.

MetFanMac said...

DC got it right by leaving real world politics out of the comics. This is so much tripe.

LurkerWithout said...

Why can't the President just fire Osborne?

Brian Hughes said...

I assume he can, and that this story will explain why he doesn't. I'm guessing that the masterminds behind Dark Reign were anticipating a McCain win back in November, and have to course-correct now.

Grebo said...

I'm kinda annoyed that the economic crisis gets blamed on the Skrulls; shifting blame off of Bush and onto Tony Stark is unnecessary; Tony's got a bad enough rap already, and in Marvel, Bush has not gotten a bad enough one.

Personally, I LOVE that Marvel has the actual president; that's always pleased me as one of the defining differences between Marvel and DC. I have no problem with DC using non-real political figures, but I am just plain amused by Marvel's attempts to interact with the real world. The Colbert tie-ins are a nice example.

Agreed -- Marvel was probably expecting McCain to win. Dark Reign is totally square peg for the current politcal and social atmosphere. Maybe they'll cut Dark Reign short. That would be nice.

Steve V said...

Very nice I dig Thunderbolts and this will be another classic I'm sure. I did notice though that one other comment said that DC left real world politics out of their comics...I wouldn't be so sure:

http://steve-swv.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!4A3F796F6474CCF8!1526.entry

Enjoy!

~Steve

Arkonbey said...

why did they have Pres. Obama wearing his sunglasses at night during a snow squall?

Brian Hughes said...

It was probably daytime in whatever Obama photo the artist swiped from.

Matt said...

Regarding the sunglasses...maybe it's "because when you're cool, the sun shines on you 24 hours a day."

(Anyone else seen "My Science Project"?)

Brian Hughes said...

True dat, Matt. And on that note, Again With the Comics officially congratulates our new Commander-In-Chief!

Tom Pescatore said...

to be honest obama has already put into power a multitude of power brokers and neo-liberal MNCs executives with ties to Monsanto and other life science, oil, and health insurance corporations. not to mention his two top foreign policy advisers Brzezinski and Paul Volcker who has done more damage to africa then any man alive. both have played major roles in the post-colonization world of globalization and food control.

id almost rather norman be in control, atleast people wouldnt be blinded by false hope and lies <3

Mike Schau said...

I agree. Not off to a good start.

Anonymous said...

Thank God that Norman doesn't have that god awful braided hair that he usually sports. Why can't Marvel keep his hair this way on a usual basis?

Anonymous said...

Is it me or is Norman becoming the J Edgar Hoover of the Marvel Universe with all the power he has over the nation's security?

Egy Azziera said...

First off we would like to congratulate you on your fine public speaking skills. It looks like those who said the Obama Administration would strike while the iron is hot may have been correct, and the Administration may be doing it in a way that does not require them to even get a vote in Congress.