Summer is the season for superheroes. Theatres are full of them, convention centers across the country are preparing to welcome thousands of their creators and fans, and they seem quite patriotic enough for the Fourth of July. So those caped crusaders are a fitting topic of discussion this month.
I have to start off these fandom posts with a HUGE disclaimer: I am not a comic book fan.
I respect comics as an art form, but they’re one of the few nerdy things I have just never gotten into (anime is another). I was introduced to superheroes through their movies, and that’s still where I prefer to meet them. So if you’re a comic book purist, most of this month’s posts will not be for you.
But if you’re a fan of great stories, this month is totally for you. Whether they’re mutants, aliens from other worlds, humans who had accidents with mad scientists, or actual Norse gods, superheroes are the stars of modern mythology. Something about human nature has always compelled us to create fictional heroes who are more powerful than we are, who fight against evil, and who can still be vulnerable and make mistakes (because what kind of story would it be if they didn’t?). The ancient Greeks had Zeus and Poseidon. We have Superman and Batman. They’re just the latest creations in an ancient, time-honoured storytelling tradition.
But personally, I like superheroes better than Greek gods. They tend to have a much better moral code, for one thing. In fact the superhero genre is practically the only one in today’s films that still allows clear, unambiguous lines between good and evil. The heroes in other movies are starting to look more and more like villains, but guys like Captain America still do the right thing without apologizing for it. And that’s always nice to see. Plus, superheroes have more fun than the Olympians. Zeus never got to wear a shiny suit and fly around blowing up tanks, now did he?
Stay tuned this month for fun pictures, humor, movie reviews, etc. Namarie!