Maureen Dowd Comic Book... At Last

Maureen Dowd Comic Book... At Last

Most of the time, when you think of New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, thoughts like "dated pop-culture references, retrograde view of gender relations, Gore-Bush hysteria, conflation of Republicans with 'Daddy,' repetition, laziness," come immediately to mind. What doesn't tend to surface in the conscious mind is "scantily-clad comic book vixen-heroine." But that's about to change!

Comic Book Resources brings the world word of this new offering from Benjamin Marra -- pulp artist extraordinaire and founder of Traditional Comics -- titled "The Incredibly Fantastic Adventures of Maureen Dowd." It lies at the nexus of the delightful and the disturbing, and I mean that in the best possible way.

[Yes, this is a thing that is happening in our lives.]

Told in Marra's inimitable, po-faced '80s-trash throwback style, TIFAoMD's preview pages show Dowd -- winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary and recently named the eighth-biggest hack in journalism by Salon's Alex Pareene -- lounging in lingerie, battling burglars, flirting with fellow Times columnist Tom Friedman, and trying to blow the lid off the Valerie Plame scandal before her big date with George Clooney. And for a political junkie like me, it's basically heaven.

We basically cannot go on with our lives without seeing Thomas Friedman depicted in comic-book form, so here you go:

[Hot, flat, crowded.]

Guaranteed to give you either the night-terrors or the night-something-else-I'd-prefer-you-kept-to-yourselves, "The Incredibly Fantastic Adventures of Maureen Dowd" is available for a recession-friendly price of $3. A preview is available here.

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