"Civil War II" Variant Features Justin Trudeau/Alpha Flight Team-Up

With the release of "Civil War II: Choosing Sides" #5, another major world player will enter the super-powered fray: Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The real-life PM will make his Marvel Comics debut in a story written by Chip Zdarsky and a variant cover by Ramon Perez. The cover also features Puck, Sasquatch and Aurora, all members of Marvel's Canadian superhero team Alpha Flight. Both creators commented on the cover and story in the announcement at Huffington Post Canada (via the Canadian Press).

"I didn't want to do a stuffy cover -- just like a suit and tie -- put his likeness on the cover and call it a day,'' said Toronto-based Marvel artist Ramon Perez. "I wanted to kind of evoke a little bit of what's different about him than other people in power right now. You don't see [U.S. President Barack] Obama strutting around in boxing gear, doing push-ups in commercials or whatnot. Just throwing him in his gear and making him almost like an everyday person was kind of fun."

Zdarsky also explained that Trudeau will play a major role in the story, as the Alpha Flight members seek his advice when deciding where they stand regarding the civil war currently tearing Marvel's superhero community apart. "I didn't want this to just be like a walk-on ... rescued by superheroes and he thanks them and that's the end of the story," said Zdarsky. "I think a lot of these real-life appearances in comics tend to go that way. I liked the idea of him actually engaging them in an ethical debate."

Trudeau follows in his father's footsteps; Trudeau's father, Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, appeared in Chris Claremont and John Byrne's "Uncanny X-Men" #120 in 1979.

"Civil War II: Choosing Sides" #5 arrives in stores on August 31.

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