- Posted by Johanna on June 19, 2006 at 9:08 am
- Category: Comic News
If you want to look at superhero comics realistically, then…
- Superheroes should not lie to their nearest and dearest about the most important thing in their lives. That’s pathological.
- … not to mention a bad example for a hero who values truth to set.
- If you really do want to create two lives, you shouldn’t hang out with the same group of people in both. That’s just asking to get caught.
- If you’re trying to maintain a secret identity to “protect your loved ones”, then don’t let villains know who’s special to you (by having it known they’re able to contact you, for example), or they’ll kidnap them anyway.
- If you have a secret identity for private downtime, then don’t have a career, like journalist or artist or model, that makes you doubly famous.
- The reporter or lawyer you’re involved with might be able to help you with this immense deception, if you’re honest with them.
That’s why we shouldn’t try to make superhero comics realistic. Don’t get me wrong, I like superhero stories with secret identities. They’re an important convention of the genre. I just don’t think they should be looked at too closely, for the above reasons. If you want to use them, they have to be accepted and left alone. Trying to write entire stories around them is a fool’s game, because too much focus only reveals the fundamental contradictions they demonstrate.