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Why Are Captain America, Falcon, and Black Widow Helping Assad?

In the lead up to their Marvel Studios releases, Marvel Comics publishes two issue “prelude” comics for upcoming films which are then collected into trade paperbacks with extra related material. Leading up to Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Infinity War Prelude recently saw its trade release. Written by Will Corona Pilgrim, with art by Tigh Walker, color by Chris O’Halloran, and lettering by VC’s Travis Lanham the two issue story recaps Captain America: Civil War and Infinity War, fills in gaps between the films, and also provides details on the Infinity Stones.

Part of the story follows what Steve Rogers, Sam Wilson, and Natasha Romanoff, (aka Captain AmericaFalcon, and Black Widow) have been up to, and what’s presented is a little head scratching.

The scene has the trio breaking up an arms deal in Syria. That arms deal is weapons being sent by the United States government to Syrian rebels who we can only assume are fighting a civil war against the dictator Bashar Hafez al-Assad. Yes, Captain America, Falcon, and Black Widow are protecting Assad from rebels and interfering in an internal conflict.

What’s stranger is that Black Widow refers to these individuals as “terrorists” which is language that takes the side of Assad’s government. Further strange is that Black Widow has gotten her intel from her KGB contacts (and I’ll ignore the use of KGB and not one of the current intelligence agencies that split up in to after the dissolution of the Russian government in the early 90s). That means she received information to take down these “terrorists” from Russian operatives. The Russian government supports Assad and is in a proxy war with the United States with real world engagement. As presented, these superheroes are being willingly manipulated by the Russian government to take down the Syrian opposition (and their US ally) and prop up a dictator.

When you mix in some of Rogers’ issues with the fictional Sokovian Accords it gets stranger. Rogers vocalized concerns to Tony Stark included being used by individuals to meet their agendas, they lose their right to choose what actions they take. So, in this situation either Rogers, Wilson, and Romanoff have chosen this action and/or they’re being used by the Russian government. Either case, it’s a bad choice as they’re propping up a genocidal dictator who has used chemical weapons against his own people.

Through their actions too they’ve not only denied the weapons to this group, they’ve done so in opposition to the United States government an action that would likely come with further sanctions and at least charges.

Will this be addressed in the upcoming film? We have only until late April to see but as is it muddies the politics of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Around the Tubes

It’s a brand new week and we’ve got some cool things coming up, so stay tuned! While you await what that is, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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Kansas City Star – Owner of Clint’s Comics reportedly killed after trying to stop thief – Our thoughts go out to his friends and family.

The Recorder – Editorial: Celebrating comic books’ role in promoting literacy – We should celebrate this more.

Quartz – This stunning graphic novel was entirely illustrated using Microsoft Paint – This is really impressive.

ICv2 – New OGN Examines the Syrian Civil War – This sounds very interesting.

The Beat – A Year of Free Comics: Softcore by Box Brown (NSFW) – Free comics!

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – All-Star Batman #10

Meniscuszine – Bitch Planet Vol. 1

ICv2 – Dark Horse Number Ones TP

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bondvol2-01-cov-a-cassadayThe weekend is almost here and Logan opens up! Who’s going to see it? Sound off in the comments below!

While you wait to see the film, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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Al-Monitor – Graphic novel illustrates life of Syrian refugees in Lebanon – Very interesting and great graphic journalism.

Comics Alliance – Ken Leung Joins Marvel’s ABC ‘Inhumans’ as Karnak – This is great casting.

Chron – Former DA investigator convicted of stealing evidence in comic book caper – Well ok then.

DC Comics – Breaking News: Ra’s al Ghul is Coming to Gotham – Not surprising. Are folks excited?

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

ICv2 – Doctor Who: Supremacy of the Cybermen HC

The Beat – Extremity #1 and James Bond #1

Updated – Ali Ferzat Responds to His Beating in Syria

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Political cartoonist Ali Ferzat responded to the beating he received from Syrian pro-government forces.  This tweet went up not long ago.

It linked to this cartoon drawn by Ali Ferzat.  I think it says it all.

Ali Ferzat response

UpdateOver on his website Ali Ferzat the confusion has been cleared and the drawing was not done by Ferzat, but by a supporter.  The translation from the website, according to Google translate, is:

Dear friends, this is not a caricature of Mr. Ali Farzat fee and has no relation with it.  Therefore necessary to note, thank you.

A friend of Mr. Ali Farzat

Also, the American Association of Editorial Cartoonists has condemmed the attack and are urging world governments to do the same.  Their statement:

As cartoonists, we are outraged at the pointed brutality of the attack on Mr. Ferzat. Breaking the hands of a cartoonist is more than an attack on one brave individual, it’s an attack on the right of a people to express themselves. It’s an act of a desperate regime foolishly thinking that its violence and efforts to intimidate will keep a cartoonist from criticizing the regime’s repressive behavior.

Instead, it only sets hundreds of hands to drawing the clear conclusion that those behind the brutal repression have lost all legitimacy.

Cartoonist Ali Ferzat Beaten in Syria

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Ali FerzatAli Ferzat, a cartoonist who has been critical of the Syrian government, was forced from his car and brutally beaten.  According to the UN more than  2,200 have been killed in protesting the government since mid-March.  They are demanding the removal of President Bashar al-Assad whose family has been in power for 40 years.

One of Ali Ferzat’s latest cartoons shows President Assad sweatily clutching a suitcase while he tries to hitch a lift with the Libyan leader, Col Muammar Gaddafi, who is furiously driving a getaway car.

Activists in Syria say Ferzat was forcibly removed from his car in Damascus, beaten and dumped at the side of a road.

The BBC has more on the situation in Syria.

Sarah Glidden’s The Waiting Room


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Sarah Glidden, who tackled the subject of Israel in the excellent graphic novel How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less has published a twenty page web comic called The Waiting Room.  The web comic looks at Iraqi refugees who now call Syria home.

Syria is home to the world’s largest urban refugee population; hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have poured in since the 2003 invasion. Barred from joining the Syrian workforce, they attempt to navigate bureaucratic hurdles and find a new place to call home. Sarah Glidden, with contributing reporting from the Common Language Project, give us a window into their lives.

You can check out the web comic at Cartoon Movement.