I found the first three pages of obvious anti-Bush rhetoric in the most recent issue of Firestorm to be over the top. I don't expect comic creators to keep all their personal politics out of their work, nor do I expect them all to agree with my own politics. But this issue had a campaign speech that was irrelevant to the plot, and just served, in my mind, to try to convince readers/voters how bad the present administration is, published four weeks before the election in our real world. It had nothing to do with what's actually going on in the DCU of late, it was all about Iraq, Katrina and Halliburton, without using those words.
Here's a quote:
I don't think this is what I pay for in a comic. At least make the political elements relevant to the story, and true to the history of the imaginary world.Lorraine Reilly, Firestorm #30: When my father was young, they had a saying: Never trust anyone over thirty. It sounds silly but it was a very serious response to the times. Back then, a group of older men had a stranglehold on the federal government.
Today, a new group of men controls all the branches of the federal government. Men of power. They lie to us about weapons of mass destruction. They ruin crucial government agencies with shameless cronyism, then watch as our cities flood and die. They preach morality while they steal our jobs and bankrupt our future, little by little all the while grabbing more and more money for themselves.
Stuart Moore might as well have just replaced this scene with a blank page that said:
We interrupt regularly scheduled programming for the following announcement: Stuart Moore wishes to express his fondest hope that you will elect Democrats four weeks from now. We now return to Firestorm The Nuclear Man, already in progress.