- Posted by Johanna on April 17, 2012 at 3:28 pm
- Category: Superhero Reviews
Is it my imagination, or are there fewer supporting cast members in superhero comics than there used to be?
It was always, to my mind, the humans hanging around the superfolk that made their stories relatable. I couldn’t be Superman, but I could dream of being as feisty and determined and accomplished as Lois Lane. (I know she’s still around, but by the time I stopped reading the DC reboot, all we knew about her was that she was shacked up with some other guy.) Other kids could imagine being Superman’s Pal, like Jimmy Olsen was. Plus, more supporting cast means more kinds of stories other than “beating up the villain”.
Maybe I have blinders on — please enlighten me in the comments if so — but I can’t think of many non-superpowered supporting cast members left. Alfred, of course, but there are so many costume-sporting Bat-family folk running around these days there’s no room for the unmasked. The teen heroes are all hanging out with others like them.
Have superhero comics lost something important by getting rid of the regular people from their pages?