A short time after it was announced Friday that President Hosni Mubarak was stepping down after a 30-year reign of dictatorship over the people of Egypt, there I was, on the crapper (the two events were unrelated — I wasn’t celebrating the possible advent of democracy in the Middle Eastern country with a visit to the loo). I was thumbing through the pages of the latest issue of Ultimate Spider-Man (#153, to be precise), and I was struck by the incedible timing of a sequence in the opening prologue.
“King of Cairo”? Was it possible that writer Brian Michael Bendis knew how Mubarak really rose to power in Egypt? Or at least the Hosni Mubarak of Earth-1610? Actually, no — all of the characters save for the Kingpin are wiped out by his use of the Zodiac Key a few panels later.
These weird little coincidences are… I dunno — fascinating? Disconcerting? I don’t know the term. Mildly amusing is probably the best description.
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