Today in class we talked about a few “failed” superheroes, meaning ones that never quite gained a following.
Then we read an excerpt from Grant Morrison’s book, Supergods.
Take a look at this quote by Grant Morrison, a well-known comic writer and the author of the book we read part of in class today.
“The best superhero stories deal directly with mythic elements of human experience that we can all relate to, in ways that are imaginative, profound, funny, and provocative. They exist to solve problems of all kinds and can always be counted on to find a way to save the day. At their best, they help us confront and resolve even the deepest existential crises. We should listen to what they have to tell us.”
Pick a “superhero” that you follow – anyone from the Marvel/DC standards to Star Wars to anime to anything else. In the comments below, explain how this character taps into what we discussed in class or the quote above. What is the “mythic element of human experience” it taps into? Add a picture to your comment if it’s possible.
Here’s a list of a number of archetypes you can use to really ground your ideas in what we’ve been discussing in class: archetypesforliteraryanalysis