The return of Alvin Greene, the Ultimate (political) Warrior

Forget DC's "War of the Green Lanterns" and Marvel's "Fear Itself" -- the big comics event of 2011 may be the Return of Alvin Greene.

What's that, you don't know who Alvin Greene is? He's the unemployed Army veteran from South Carolina who mounted an unsuccessful campaign last year for the U.S. Senate, during which he suggested that manufacturing action figures of himself would help create jobs. He also transformed his sparsely attended election-night celebration into a promotional platform for The Ultimate Warrior, a comic in which he stars as a superhero who saves people from foreclosures.

Well, Greene is back in the spotlight after paying the $165 filing fee on Christmas Eve to run in a special election for a South Carolina House seat left vacant by the death this month of Summerton Democrat Rep. Cathy Harvin. The primary is Feb. 15, with the special election scheduled for April 5.

Greene appeared seemingly out of nowhere last year, winning the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate with no experience, no money and little campaigning. Greene was indicted in August on obscenity charges from 2009, and then soundly defeated in the November election by Republican incumbent Jim DeMint.

Greene's bare-bones Senate campaign website contains pre-ordering information for the 20-page Ultimate Warrior comic -- "with the proviso that at least 2,000 people must pre-order or we cannot email any out (In that event, we thank you for the donation!)" -- a PDF excerpt, and a call for artists and story ideas. (Note: The site states that all submissions become property of The Warren Group, a Los Angeles-based political consultant company whose sole client appears to be Alvin Greene.)

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