REVIEWS: Russell's Reviews, Volume One # 6

Tom Russell milos_parker at
Thu Feb 14 07:10:46 PST 2008

On Feb 11, 7:29 pm, EDMLite <robroger... at> wrote:
> On Feb 11, 10:47 am, Tom Russell <milos_par... at> wrote:
> >    The basic premise of the genre-- that people can
> > make a difference and that good triumphs over evil--
> > is frankly irreconcilable with this most extreme
> > version of the Evil Government trope.  The only times
> > the trope has really worked-- the Secret Empire
> > storyline, though it has not aged particularly well,
> > is one of those times-- is when the Evil Government
> > is, to some degree, thwarted.  While Nixon's legacy
> > might remain intact, covered-up by the government, the
> > threat of the Secret Empire is over and Captain
> > America's good name restored-- even if he chooses to
> > abandon it for the duration of the next storyline.
> > Order is restored, and in many ways, superhero stories
> > are about the restoration of order and the correcting
> > of injustices.
> As always, Tom, a very thoughtful and
> thought-provoking series of reviews.  Here's
> my two cents on what makes the current
> Evil Government storyline different
> from the Secret Empire arc, and why I
> think it might be particularly relevant
> today.

Rob, you make a number of very good and salient points, and I hope
that in both universes that good wins in this next election cycle.

Remember, though, Bush's victory in '04 was by an extremely narrow
margin, and he's screwed up a lot more since then.


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