1:29pm PT by Graeme McMillan
Marvel's Latest Superhero Is Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
Who is the greatest hero in Marvel's comic book universe? Once, fans might have suggested Captain America, but these days, he's turned into an agent of Hydra. Iron Man? He's busy fighting other superheroes again. Thankfully, a new figure has stepped up to show the kind of moral leadership that readers demand of their comic book heroes: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Trudeau shows up in Civil War II: Choosing Sides No. 5, released in comic book stores and digitally Wednesday, and quickly displays all the elements necessary to win hearts and minds of jaded comic book fans: He points out that the current Civil War II storyline is based around an argument between two wrong-headed heroes who should find a way to talk through their disagreement, he is supportive of cult superhero team Alpha Flight, and he knocks Tony Stark on his ass during their weekly boxing sessions.
Yes, in the fictional Marvel universe, just like the real world, Justin Trudeau is probably the Internet's favorite politician.
The short story, one of three in the issue, is by two Canadian creators, Chip Zdarsky and Ramón Pérez, and continues a long Marvel tradition of using real life political figures in its comics; 2009's Amazing Spider-Man No. 583 featured a meeting between President Barack Obama and the company's iconic wall-crawling hero, prompting a rush of media coverage and pushing the book back to print four times.
Civil War II: Choosing Sides No. 5 is available now.