As a socially awkward person it is extremely easy to recess into your own existence and become a recluse. Comics allowed me to become apart of something. Another world, another planet, another place and time altogether. With creative writing I become apart of the life of some of the characters and become attached. These characters are often times very relatable and easy to connect with on a personal level.
You begin to read certain characters with certain voices, certain accents. You make them your own. You wish with today’s world that these characters were real and could just, as easily as they do in the comics, save the day and lead as the example you read about weekly or monthly.
In reading comics you believe that a man can fly, a Genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist can become a superhero. But we also see that one person can make a difference. Not just by super strength or a iron suit, but in actions and words.
As we see in this scene from All-Star Superman he didn’t need his super powers to help. He needed to be kind and caring. Comics show that there is more to being a good person than making someone believe the same religious beliefs or the same political views as you. But kindness and human decency. Judgment need not be made upon beliefs or views, but upon our deeds and actions.
This is why I read comics and hope to get my child into comics when he gets older. Hopefully leaving him with these words You will travel far, my little Kal-El. But we will never leave you… even in the face of our deaths… the richness of our lives shall be yours. All that I have, all that I’ve learned, everything I feel… all this, and more I… I bequeath you, my son. You will carry me inside you… all the days of your life. You will make my strength your own, and see my life through your own eyes, as your life will be seen through mine. The son becomes the father, and the father, the son. This is all I … all I can send you, Kal-El.