|Coping With Their Angst|
Tom King, publisher and comic writer at DC Comics, thinks so and announced that his next project will be a seven issue comic series entitled, 'Heroes In Crisis'.
The 'Heroes In Crisis' series is going to center around a place called 'The Sanctuary' - a trauma center for superheroes founded by Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. The premise of King's series will trace what happens when the 'Sanctuary' fails to deliver for its patients and what happens afterwards.
"I feel I'm part of a generation of people who spent their twenties fighting terrorism. I think that sort of experience of violence is shaping who we are as a culture and as a country." I believe King is right. I do think that the level of violence in films, video games, TV shows, and the rest does impact society - and not in a good way.
King went on, "And I want to discuss that. To talk about the impact of violence we experience in movies, particularly superhero comics and films, and what that can do to a person, community, nation, world. I feel a duty to talk about what violence does to a society through the comics I'm creating."
So superheroes, like all of us, have angst, internal conflict, coping issues. How they address their issues may be a lesson for all of us. Perhaps the violence can be dialed-down but the question remains is the violence of the content impacting the viewer or is the content mirroring what exists in society?
What do you think?