The Michigan Daily
Wednesday, September 13, 1989
comic for times of
BY ANDREA GACKI
B ATMAN was the hit of the summer. While
this fact may seem not particularly newsworthy
- indeed tedious - it still raises major ques-
tions about the taste of some people, specifically
the British. How can a nation don Bat t-shirts and
exhaust the reprints of Frank Miller's Dark
Knight when they have their own heroes to laud?
What does Batman have that true Brit Buster
Gonad and his Unfeasibly Large Testicles
doesn't? Not much, I'd wager. And what about
Billy the Fish? Batman and his whopping neuro-
sis easily fade next to "the fish lad who can al-
most swim through the air."
In fact, the Empire Upon Which the Sun
Never Sets has quite a bit we don't have - in
the comic area, that is. While both the United
States and Great Britain have conservative gov-
ernments in power, only Britain has a comic
book dedicated to discrediting said government.
And the book willingly wears the label
"mainstream." The horror of it.
Crisis is the bi-weekly book dedicated to the
destruction of global privatization. It carries sev-
eral stories at once, but its current lead story is
"Third World War." It's Thatcher's Britain in the
year 2000, and Blacks in the fictional London
ghetto of New Azania have united under govern-
mental oppression. In this world, Black females
are automatically sent to remedial institutions -
"ESN" schools for the "Educationally Sub-
Normal." The main character, Eve, escapes such
a fate as she's from the anglicized upper classes,
but now she's joined the struggle. Other stories
in Crisis include "Troubled Souls," a story about
Belfast in 1989; "Sticky Fingers," concerned
with hip kids in Camden Town and their run-ins
with the law; and one-issue stories such as "To
Serve and Protect," wherein a police officer of to-
day recounts the police's aversion to his father's
desire to join the force upon arrival in Britain
from Guyana in 1962.
Crisis is not an archetype. Its art is generally
well-done, albeit without innovation. Writing
quality runs the gamut: while "Sticky Fingers" is
predictable, "Third World War" has calculation
and strategy injected into its storyline. What's
different about Crisis as a mainstream comic
book, however, is the advice it gives its readers.
There are titles of alternative literature, films,
plays, and video in every issue, and Crisis tells
you the addresses of where to get them. They
suggest everything from the film Cry Freedom
to Britain's Institute of Race Relations' booklet
Policing Against Black People. Though
occasionally preachy, the book attempts neither
to convert nor to anger but to educate in a mostly
The stories in Crisis assume nothing; a reader
can be totally ignorant of the politics behind the
stories and still enjoy the book. Crisis surpris-
ingly gives equal time to a skinhead on its letters
page, and it's not a lunatic's note. His letter is an
admirable refusal of the stereotype "racist" given
to him by Crisis; he wants to reveal what he
calls the true, non-racist nature of skinheads. It's
a well-written piece by the "enemy." This book
is not afraid to confront criticism in its own fo-
rum; its politics do not survive by the suppres-
sion of other beliefs.
Any new ideas in comics should not be dis-
couraged, but even independent comic books in
the U.S. shy away from politics of the present.
Although it does things characteristic of indies,
Crisis is definitely mainstream. Nothing need be
- or can be - said about the U.S.'s mainstream
publishers (except that you'd be hard pressed to
see a "Cosmic Cross-Time Caper" in British po-
litical comics). In a trans-Atlantic deal, DC
comics once acquired Alan Moore's Watchmen.
Perhaps some more influence from Great Britain
is needed. And call me demanding, but biogra-
phies of the Pope may no longer be the order of
the day, either.
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