Unlikely U.S. Senate candidate Alvin Greene didn't find a place in Washington on Election Day, but the Democrat may have a new career in the funny pages. In the days leading up to the election, Greene unveiled five pages of a proposed comic titled Alvin Greene: The Ultimate Warrior.
And quite surprisingly, it's a well illustrated book. In large part, the credit goes to writer and illustrator Bob Raymond. Raymond does the heavy lifting, but Greene says he played a part in the creation of the Ultimate Warrior. "It was my idea," Greene says. "That's just a superhero character I created based on me."
He adds, "The Ultimate Warrior is the ultimate superhero. He's greater than Spider-Man, Superman, Batman, the Incredible Hulk, and all of them. He can see into the future. He's faster than Maurice Greene and can out leap Jordan."
In the comic, Greene is kicked out of the military by his superiors when he discovers that there are no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Once he returns home, Greene discovers that his country is in bad shape. Families are being evicted from their homes. The homeless beg for change on the sidewalks. And a young woman needs help with her term paper on the effect of microwave electromagnetic field irradiation on glioblastoma cell lines. And in each instance, Greene is more than happy to lend a hand.
Greene has big hopes. "It pretty much starts as a comic book, but, you know, it should turn into movies and, you know, big movies with all these special effects and everything, you know, and gross more than Spider-Man and all those movies, all those action movies," the former candidate says.
For now the comic remains unfinished. Raymond indicates that the book may never be finished.
"I'm not sure what the status of the book is right now. That's all up to Jonathan [Farley, a Greene campaign adviser] and Alvin at this point," Raymond says. "Maybe some day we will see an Ultimate Warrior comic on the shelves."