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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Is the Newest Hero to Grace a Marvel Comic Book Cover

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In news that should surprise no one, Canadian politician and internationally recognized hottie Justin Trudeau is the newest hero to appear on a Marvel comic book cover. The Canadian Prime Minister will appear as himself in comic book character form on the cover of issue 5 of Marvel’s “Civil War II: Choosing Sides,” which will hit stores on Aug. 31, according to The Canadian Press.

Trudeau is depicted as a fighter in a boxing ring, clad in a uniform emblazoned with a Maple Leaf and flanked by the Canadian superhero squad, Alpha Flight. American superhero Ironman also joins Trudeau for the cover. The image was created by acclaimed Toronto-based cartoonist Ramon Perez, whose main objective for the cover was to keep it from being “stuffy,” hence why Trudeau appears in boxing gear and not a suit.

Artist and writer Chip Zdarsky knew that he wanted to work Trudeau into the story about the Alpha Flight after he was commissioned on the project. However, one of the challenges of writing it was reconciling his real-life appearance in the comic with the narrative of the story.

“It’s a little tricky just because once you start to put words in the prime minister’s mouth, we acknowledge that this is basically Trudeau fan fiction,” Zdarsky said.

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