Truth, Justice and the Catholic Way

HOLY COMIC BOOKS! To appeal to young Catholics, the Vatican has approved a comic book about the life of Pope John Paul II, with emphasis on his soccer-playing, ski-slope-bombing youth in Poland. "He really wasn't a geek!" insists the comic's narrator, Grandpa. Comparisons with other comic-book heroes make us wonder why no one thought of this before.


ALTER EGO Bruce Wayne COOL CAR Batmobile TRAGIC PAST Parents killed when he was a child URBAN PERCH Gotham ARCHENEMIES Riddler, Penguin, Joker SUPERPOWERS Batlike reflexes; dizzying array of gadgetry WEARS A CAPE? Yes


[ALTER EGO] Clark Kent [COOL CAR] No need...

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