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Monday, December 18, 2006 

Our troops are getting copies of a New Avengers special

The Dallas Morning News reports that Marvel is sending free copies of "The New Avengers: Letters Home" to servicemen in Iraq and elsewhere:
Copies of a free, special-edition issue of Marvel Comics' "The New Avengers" will be available to U.S. servicemen, retirees and their families beginning this week at worldwide military PX and BX facilities.

It's the fourth time that Dallas-based Army and Air Force Exchange Service has teamed up with Marvel to produce an exclusive military-only comic.

"The New Avengers: Letters Home," a 36-page comic, features patriotic hero Captain America working with the Silver Surfer, Ghost Rider and the Punisher when his regular teammates are away for the holidays. The superheroes band together to stop the evil Hydra organization when it takes over a military communications satellite and threatens to stop troops' e-mail messages from reaching their loved ones.


Jim Skibo, AAFES director of trade promotion management, said about 1 million copies of the special comic are hitting military PXs and BXs in Iraq, Afghanistan, Europe and the Pacific, as well as those in the United States and other worldwide locations. Distribution began last week. Most copies will be handed out within the next two weeks, he said.
While it's good to see that the Earth's Mightiest Heroes are going after the evil forces of the Hydra terrorist organization, it's a shame that most of mainstream Marvel, as of now, isn't being portrayed with the same patriotism that this special issue may, and that Captain America is also being portrayed terribly, as seen in Civil War.
"This project started because we were getting a great deal of requests from soldiers in the Middle East asking for comics," Sabouni wrote in an e-mail. "Sending a few hundred here and there did not feel like enough, so we started looking for a way to do it on a larger and more regular basis."
That's great, but, if only the rest of the MCU were doing as this comic may, and supporting our troops as well, not to mention fighting terrorists seriously, even if done in allegorical terms.

As pleasing as the news of this special Avengers issue may be, when you see that Marvel is de-facto sending out two different messages, as they've done in the past few years, now with Civil War, that's why it doesn't have the impact it could for me.


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