Are X-Men necessary?

The Incredibly Fantastic Adventures of Maureen DowdFor many years, superheroines in comics have been drawn to a very specific type: long flingable hair, legs to die for, and a balcony from which you could presumably do Shakespeare. (Even Susan Storm conformed to this look, and she was just an outline much of the time, for Pete’s Reed’s sake.) They don’t tend to be fiftysomething, and they definitely don’t tend to be columnists for The New York Times.

Benjamin Marra, seeing a need no one else saw, has now come up with The Incredibly Fantastic Adventures of Maureen Dowd, subtitled A Work of Satire and Fiction just in case you didn’t get the point. In Issue #1, MoDo is about to blow the lid off the conspirators who exposed a CIA agent (yes, that CIA agent), but two individuals stand in her way: a masked marauder who stole her laptop, and, um, George Clooney.

I may have to get this — it’s three bucks from publisher Traditional Comics — just on general principle. Marra has drawn Dowd as, yes, pretty much the traditional superheroine, albeit a tad past her prime; I will not speculate as to whether she actually looks that good in lingerie. (At least, not here.)


  1. Jeffro »

    3 December 2010 · 8:39 am

    Maureen Dowd armed? The Apocalypse would surely be just around the corner were it so.

  2. CGHill »

    3 December 2010 · 10:12 am

    You mean it’s not?

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