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Friday, October 5, 2018

Hold Your Nose (and Your Breath)

To say Booster Gold fans aren't enthusiastic about what they've seen from Heroes in Crisis #1 is an understatement. That's understandable. It's hard to get up for a series that starts with our hero being accused of mass murder.

Last week's poll question: What is your reaction to Heroes in Crisis #1? (73 votes)

What is your reaction to <em>Heroes in Crisis</em> #1?

Thinking out loud here: Maybe mainstream American super hero comics — where all problems are traditionally solved with a healthy application of direct and overwhelming violence — isn't the right medium to be addressing the "ripped from the headlines" cultural dilemma of mental health and mass shootings. I've been reading DC comics for decades, and I'd suggest that they lack the vocabulary for a nuanced discussion about balancing responsibility and forgiveness.

In the context of a world where a Justice League exists to stop local bank robbers and intergalactic conquering starfish alike, how could something like the Sanctuary massacre ever happen? If Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman can't prevent this kind of humanitarian disaster, what hope do any of the rest of us have?

The DC Universe: every bit as terrible as the real world!

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