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Source link: http://archive.mises.org/4640/batman-versus-the-state/

Batman versus the State

February 2, 2006 by

Libertarian comicbook writer Paul Pope is at it again.

The creator of the famed 1998 comic Batman & Mises has now written Batman: Year One Hundred.

Is the Dark Knight battling Nazis again? No, this time his target is Police State America!

According to the current Wired magazine,

The series is set in a high-anxiety future, where totalitarianism has nearly snuffed out the remnants of humanity. America in 2039 is a police state, individual liberties have been curtailed, and there’s a dark sense of impending doom. Roving police squads, Blade Runner-esque floating vehicles, and robotic watchdogs scan the skyline… A distressed-looking Batman is the only person Big Brother fails to track, and the superhero’s mask symbolizes the last hope against a corrupt government encroaching on individual privacy.

More on the Misesian crusader here and here.


John Foster February 3, 2006 at 11:48 pm

Yeah, I saw this on wired too. This is cool, but Batman will be 100 years old in it… that’s a dumb concept.

Michael A. Clem February 4, 2006 at 11:42 am

Not necessarily dumb–possibilities include life-extension technologies, or simply Batman the concept is 100 years old, and this is his great grandson or something. Of course, we won’t know until we read it to see what concept Paul chose.
I can’t say that I’m that fond of Pope’s art style. It seemed appropriate for Nazi Germany, but was never really pleasing to me. But of course, the story itself is important, too.

Peter February 5, 2006 at 5:57 am

Yes, what have you got against being 100 years old?

Celinski February 5, 2006 at 6:33 pm

I do enjoy this style. I am a college student who is into art and comics. I hope to make libertarian-themed art in the coming years. Hopefully I will help spread the word about Austrian econ. You never know!

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