The Cost of Saving Lives

The Cost of Saving Lives

“Let her go.” Batman’s gravelly voice is soft and hard in the rapt silence of the penthouse. The mass of onlookers garbed in their evening finery stare with a mixture of muted terror and disbelief. Crime happened on the streets or on TV to other people. Not here, right in front of them. The Joker’s [...]

Living the Good Life: Superheroes and Ethics

Living the Good Life: Superheroes and Ethics

What does it mean to be a good person? What rules should we follow when trying to make a moral decision? What is the best way to interact with other people and our society? These are all questions of Ethics – a branch of philosophy that studies moral principles. As a philosophy student, I’m endlessly [...]

The Up Side of Your Dark Side

The Up Side of Your Dark Side

There is something unspoken in our culture that our heroes are the good guys. Not just good. We want them to be nice. We want them to be fair. We don’t want them to fight dirty or play by the mentality of the ends justifying the means. And we want them to be immune to the [...]

The Virtues of Villainy

The Virtues of Villainy

Villains. We know them as well as we know the heroes who grapple with them. Darth Vader vs. Luke Skywalker. The Hobgoblin vs. Spider-Man. Clayface vs. Batman. We fear them. We loathe them. But we don’t really hate villains. After all, there are plenty of examples of so-called “bad guys” who crossed over to the [...]

Political Agendas: Capes, Tights, Conservatives and Liberals

Political Agendas: Capes, Tights, Conservatives and Liberals

A couple of weeks ago, Bleeding Cool published an article by Darin Wagner entitled “How Liberalism May Be Hurting Comic Book Sales“. In it, he argued that comics today do not represent conservative viewpoints well, if at all, and that incorporating political content was putting off readers. Should we keep politics out of comics? I’d argue that superheroes and villains are icons [...]