Frank Miller, the famed Batman writer, sees the caped crusader facing off against al-Qaida operatives who attack Gotham City in Holy Terror, Batman!

 

Miller, who has inked his way through 120 pages of the 200-page opus, told a recent comic book convention that the novel was an unashamed "piece of propaganda" in which Batman "kicks al-Qaida's ass".

 

The driving force behind the work, Miller said, was "an explosion from my gut reaction of what's happening now".

 

Holy Terror is "a reminder to people who seem to have forgotten who we're up against", he said in remarks posted on an entertainment website, IGN.com.

 

Miller, a 20-year comic book veteran, became one of the best known names in the industry with the graphic novel Dark Knight Returns, in which he brought Batman out of retirement.

 

He was also the creator of the graphic novel series Sin City, which was turned into a hit movie of the same name last year directed by Miller, Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino.

 

Comic propoganda

 

Miller said the use of comic book heroes for propaganda had an honourable tradition.

 

"Superman punched out Hitler. So did Captain America. That's one of the things they're there for," he said.

 

"These are our folk heroes. It just seems silly to chase around the Riddler when you've got al-Qaida out there."

 

No date has been set for the release of Holy Terror, Batman!