Okay, I’m just messing around, and quite honestly, I personally try to avoid political snark myself, but seriously, if someone on a comic blog wants to make a topical political reference, whether it be anti-Cheney or anti-whoever, during a comic book review, I have no problem with it.
And when the comic in question involves a caricature of Dick Cheney, as The Plaid Avenger #1 does, then making a comment like (as Brad Curran did in his review of the comic here)
Dick Cheney, is a rifle toting, grimacing hard ass (okay, that’s not too much of an exaggeration). Vladimir Putin’s head is dwarfed by his giant army hat. Putin and Cheney come across as super villains. Okay, that last part really isn’t much of an exaggeration.
is so far from off-limits that it’s ridiculous.
I mean, come on, comic book writers clearly draw from real life politics quite a lot, so if it is in the comic book itself, the notion that it should be a taboo subject for a reviewer strikes me as quite wrong.
Now if you’re reviewing the latest issue of Betty and Veronica, and you start tossing into anti-Cheney references out of nowhere, then that’s a different story.
This doesn’t mean you have to agree with the reviewer, heck, feel free to express your displeasure, but there’s a large difference between “I disagree with you” and “You shouldn’t have political references in reviews.”
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