Conservative Comic Pits Hannity, Liddy Against 'Liberal Utopia'

By Randy Hall | July 7, 2008 | 8:05 PM EDT

( - Move over, Superman and Spider-Man. A new comic book is turning conservative media personalities Sean Hannity, G. Gordon Liddy and Oliver North into super-heroes in a future where America is dominated by liberal extremists and New York City faces a nuclear holocaust on the 20th anniversary of 9/11.

The eight-part full-color series, entitled "Liberality for All," is set in the year 2021. Two decades to the minute after the terrorist attacks on New York City, Afghanistan's ambassador to the United Nations -- Osama bin Laden -- is scheduled to issue a public apology for that "misunderstanding." The apology is set to take place from the Unity Tower, built on the site where the World Trade Center once stood.

Cover art for "Liberality for All"
#1, Copyright 2005

However, bin Laden's "apology" consists of a tactical nuclear device supplied by Iraqi dictator Uday Hussein, who in the comic book fiction is alive and well because the U.S. did not invade Iraq or kill Hussein and his brother Qusay.

Only an underground group of bio-mechanically enhanced conservatives led by Hannity, Liddy and North can prevent nuclear terror and free the world from left-wing domination so "Liberality for All" can once again become "Liberty for All."

The first comic directly marketed to conservative readers was written by Mike Mackey, a lifelong fan of comics. Democrat statements during the 2004 presidential election, Mackey said, inspired him to create "the most politically divisive comic book ever written."

"Bumper stickers that said 'John Kerry for a Stronger America' sparked a thought in my head," Mackey told Cybercast News Service. "What would this 'stronger America' look like, where we're fighting a 'more sensitive' war on terror?"

In creating his alternate future, the writer drew upon a number of familiar elements from the present, including three individuals he considers conservative icons.

The underground resistance needed certain characteristics for it to function in the story, Mackey said. "I looked at elements of what the organization would look like, and I needed a militaristic side to it. For that, I used Oliver North. I also needed a covert, darker side, for which G. Gordon Liddy was perfect."

While choosing the third member of his team, the writer picked Sean Hannity over Rush Limbaugh, a decision he defends as consistent with the nature of the series.

While Mackey considers the story a tribute to his conservative heroes, he said that he had the most fun writing about Liddy, who "is an ex-FBI, gun-toting, Harley-driving guy.

"What any good writer would try to achieve in a comic-book character, Gordon is in real life," Mackey added.

In a nod to current headlines, Hannity, Liddy and North receive mechanical enhancements from an engineer named Oscar, whom the author describes as "a peaceful Muslim" trying to make sense of a world that views Osama bin Laden as a hero and celebrity.

Mackey also spent a great deal of thought on the liberal villains in his "action-packed, patriotic knee in the groin to the embodiment of the ultra-left."

The U.S. government under President Chelsea Clinton and Vice President Michael Moore has surrendered its authority to the United Nations, which censors all speech not approved by U.N. Secretary-General Jacques Chirac.

"Michael Moore as vice president was almost too ridiculous even for a satire until I saw him sitting next to Jimmy Carter at last year's Democratic National Convention, and then it was almost prophetic," he said. Since Moore is one of the liberal leaders in the present, "it seemed natural to make him a leader in the future," Mackey added.

George Soros, who spent millions trying to oust President George W. Bush in the real-life 2004 election, is still a force to be reckoned with in Mackey's version of the future. The billionaire liberal buys out the Fox News Network after it goes bankrupt for violating the Coulter Laws of 2007, which make all conservative "hate speech" illegal.

"Soros then renames the network Liberty International Broadcasting (LIB), and the only person who stays on is Alan Colmes," Mackey stated.

Reaction to Mackey's comic series, which debuts in October, has been strong from both sides of the political aisle. "Liberality for All" has been discussed by Hannity and Liddy on their radio talk shows, and Liddy especially "seems to enjoy it," Mackey said.

"People have tended to react in two ways," he said. "The conservatives say they'll buy it, and the liberals go out on Internet blogs and criticize it as if it's 'Unfit for Command, Part Two,'" a reference to the book critical of John Kerry's military record during the Vietnam War.

Mackey told Cybercast News Service that he has received two death threats "and the suggestion that I kill myself" over the comic, though he seems to be taking the matter in stride. "I wonder if these people felt the same way about 'Fahrenheit 911,'" he said.

In the end, Mackey hopes the comic will give its readers the same entertainment and inspiration he got from a painting by Clyde Caldwell that showed Limbaugh fighting a hydra with three heads: Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton and Al Gore.

"It was funny but had a powerful message to it," Mackey said. If he's successful in duplicating that experience, "comic shops nationwide will be rushed harder than a Ted Kennedy assault on a Liquor Barn grand opening!"

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