<i>Super Putin</i>, the Vladimir Putin comic the world's been waiting for

Bless Agence France-Presse for spotlighting Super Putin, Man Like Any Other, a wonderfully illustrated and delightfully over-the-top webcomic by writer Sergei Kalenik and apparently unidentified artists.

Set in Moscow in spring 2011, "one year before the world ends," the comic casts Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin as a gi-wearing action hero who, assisted by bear suit-wearing sidekick President Dmitry Medvedev, saves a busload of people from a bomb in a storyline that's equal parts Speed, Night Watch and The Walking Dead. There's also a little bit of political commentary sprinkled in. "We wanted to stir Russia's depressing political scene and create some dialogue," Kalenik tells AFP.

Super Putin can be read in English here.

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