DC Universe: Decisions, the DC Comics series that promised to tell us whether Superman was Red or Blue may have failed in that particular mission, but it did give us the political views of a lot of other characters within the DC Universe. If you're still undecided as to whether you support the Republicans or the Democrats, why not let your choice by swayed by some fictional characters, as we run down who's for lower taxes and who's for spreading the wealth? You may be surprised at which party has the advantage.Although Decisions was co-written by a liberal writer (Judd Winick) and a conservative one (Fables' Bill Willingham), one side definitely comes off better in the admittedly-dopey story of political assassinations and analog politicians (Instead of Barack and John, we get Kate McLellan, Davis Brewster and other Presidential hopefuls - because, of course, tying your characters to actual political figures is much worse than tying them to actual political parties): the Republicans. Oh sure; the Democrats may get Batman in their corner - well, Bats undercover as Bruce Wayne, as he comes out in favor of "Martin Suarez" - but he makes a point of telling the audience that he doesn't really mean it:
Bruce Wayne integrated himself into the Suarez campaign so that I could have better tactical access.Meanwhile, the Republicans get Lois Lane ("I'm proudly for a strong military, small government, low taxes, and maximum individual freedom," she explains in just one of the many moments where the conservatives get the ideological banner out in the series) and Wonder Woman, who gets swayed by her candidate's stump speech:
We aren't a nation of warriors, first and foremost — and never by choice. We're farmers and shop owners and designers and truck drivers and everything else. But we step up when we're called to duty. Always. No matter how soft we may seem at times. That's the America you should know and love like I do, hesitant to go to war, but a terrible adversity and steadfast ally once we do. And then always compassionate to those we defeat... And if we've lost that path recently, help us find our way back to it. That's what I stand for, Wonder Woman, and why I'm in the race.She swoons, of course.
Not all of the big-name superheroes come out with a preference (The Hal Jordan Green Lantern and Wally West Flash keep their political cards close to their chest, in addition to Superman - although Hal has classically been portrayed as a small-c conservative, if not all-out Republican), but the breakdown of the character's choices from the four issue series is as follows: Democrats: Batman (Maybe; or maybe it's just a tactical advantage thing) Blue Beetle Changeling Dr. Light Firestorm Green Arrow Thunder Republicans: The Flash, Jay Garrick Green Lantern Guy Gardner Hawkman Huntress Lady Blackhawk Lois Lane Plastic Man Power Girl Vixen Wildcat Wonder Woman Worth noting; only three of those heroes have caucasian backgrounds, against the nearly all-white - Vixen is the only non-white - Republican supporters. Also, more women broke for the Republicans than the Democrats. Intentional commentary on voting demographics, or weird coincidence? We may never know. All that is sure about this unusual four-issue series is that it is very unlikely to ever be referred to again - or, at least, until it's time for another attempt at superhero topicality, four years from now. All four issues of DC Universe: Decisions are available now.