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In a new graphic novel, two superheroes take on al Qaeda. The artist and writer Frank Miller depicts violence very well—but does he have anything insightful to say about terrorism?

By Sam Leith   November 2011

A page from Holy Terror, in which al Qaeda sets off a huge explosion in Empire City (a fantasy New York) and threatens further carnage

In December 1940, Captain America Comics #1 hit the newsstands. Its cover bore a classic image of funny-book wish fulfilment: Captain America, Nazi bullets spanging off his shield, planting a spectacular right hook on the chin of Adolf Hitler.

Until now, the “war on terror” hadn’t produced anything so straightforward by way of response from the world of comic books. But at the end of September the writer and artist Frank Miller had a stab…

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