|proteus_lives (proteus_lives) wrote in scans_daily,|
@ 2009-05-25 23:00:00
|Current location:||Outer Dark|
|Entry tags:||creator: butch guice, creator: chuck dixon, creator: rick burchett, publisher: wildstorm, theme: war, title: storming paradise|
Greetings True Believers! Memorial Day had me thinking about one of my favorite series right now. Wildstorm's "Storming Paradise." It's a historical "What-If?" drama. The premise is that the atomic bomb test was a disaster and the Allies had to go through with the invasion of Japan in order to end WWII. It's great because of the level of the what if. The decision to use the atom bomb is still debated today. Was it necessary? Was it justified? What about the other options? (Personally I think it was the best card in a bad hand and the other options were far worse.)
This series explores one of those options. The invasion of Japan and how it might have played out. It got me thinking, would the atomic bombing of Japan have played out the same way in the Marvel or DC universe?
My question to my fellow S_Der's is this: How would the presence of super-powered beings, magic, aliens, etc. affected this moment in history? Would it have been the same? Would things have been different? Can this question be answered?
This is a scene from issue #5 where General Patton and his personal detachment have been surprised by a Japanese Banzai charge. (In this reality, Patton was transferred for the invasion and didn't die in an accident after combat had ended in Europe.)
Part of me wishes that Patton had died in a matter such as this. I didn't agree with everything he said or did but he was an interesting and weird son of a bitch. I think he would much rather had an end like this.
Historical context on the invasion of Japan: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Invasion_o