Wednesday, July 4, 2007

There's gonna be fireworks

On this most beloved of American holidays, thoughts naturally turn toward those partriots and freedom fighters, those statesmen and political philosophers, who laid the foundation for what this great country has become today.

I'm talking, of course, about time-traveling Abraham Lincoln.

Wait! A little background first: In Tales From the Bully Pulpit (excellent, pick it up), rough-ridin' Teddy Roosevelt has stolen H.G. Wells' time machine and come to the present to recruit the ghost of Thomas Edison. That's like maybe the first five pages of this slim graphic novel - it only gets crazier from there.

How much crazier, you ask? Muy loco, carnales. It turns out the menace Roosevelt and Edison have to face are Mars-based South American nazis and a descendent of Hitler himself.

I'll let that sink in.

Things come to a head and Jorge Hitler brings in a gang of despots and alternate universe dictators (Chairman Meow, anyone?) to bring down our heroes. So what can our boys do? They bring in the big guns, that's what.

It's no wonder Abe was considered a master of debate. And it's not just an empty threat, either. Reminiscent of his historic Gettysburg Address, Lincoln puts his fist where your mouth is:

And that, to me, is America. Happy Fourth of July, everybody!

Tales From the Bully Pulpit: Writer, Benito Cereno; artist, Graeme MacDonald

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