Leave it to the excellent Douglas Wolk to remind us of one of the downsides to Osama bin Laden’s demise: that it renders moot Frank Miller’s planned Batman Versus bin Laden comic. Although to be more accurate, Miller himself had second-thoughts about that idea and is still working on a superhero comic, sans Batman, about the “War on Terror.” Still, perhaps some other cartoonist can do an imaginary story where Batman dukes it out with Osama.
Frank Miller, I should add, was one of the considerable number of Americans who were, understandably but regrettably, unhinged by the events of 9/11. The crackpot classicist and armchair military analyst
Victor Hanson Davis formed a mutual admiration society with Miller. Dennis Miller and Christopher Hitchens were also of this company of the temporarily addled. Perhaps one of the welcome side effects of killing bin Laden will be a partial restoration of sanity.