22 June 2009

Morals of a Hero

In, It’s Superman, Clark Kent is disillusioned when he is talking to his mother, or it appears he is talking to her, it’s like he is regaining confidence to finish off the robot. It isn’t until after she tells Kent, “Now get off that silly chair and go do something. Doesn’t matter what. Just do something, Clark” when he finds the strength to continue on fight the robots. I believe that when Clark feels powerless he finds strength in the words of his mother, which eventually leads him to do well. The other chapters are about Lois Lane and Lex Luthor. Lois Lane in the chapter is at the wrong place at the wrong time. She becomes a witness to the murder of the former police chief. I did not realize that it was yet another instance for Superman to save her when the car is headed straight for her. Superman always has Lois Lanes best interest at heart in the movies and the comics. Luthor is discussing his plans for the robot and how he plans on distributing free products to all political influences as his decoy to take over the world. It was not an interesting chapter because my visuals of the reading were only taking place in a car. I found that chapter boring and dull.

It’s Superman was confusing how it jumped from different scenes or stories. It is written like a novel and I enjoyed reading it. I found that when I read comics I am distracted by the picture because they do not fully represent my ideas of what should be taking place. When I read a novel, my imagination creates the scenes of what I am reading. It is fascinating to me to read novel instead of watching the movie.

Under the Hood is an interesting biography because it has a beginning, middle, and end. It discusses the morals his grandfather taught him and how to apply his morals to everyday life. The beginning of the biography draws in the reader. Once the reader has found empathy in the introduction the reader is hooked and will continue until the book is done. Under the Hood discusses how the name “Night Owl” came about and how one man’s determination and moral values became the reason for this discovery. While having seen child pornography, prostitution, child abuse, and dysfunction of all types lead this young man to literally “protect and serve”.

This has been one of my favorite reading so far this semester. I know that “Denise” was correct in telling Mason the importance of creating a novel was to “Start off with the saddest thing you can think of and get the audience’s sympathies on your side” is the best advice any writer could use. It really worked on me. I enjoyed the reading and hope more of our readings are in this form.


  1. Sorry it was posted so late.

  2. I'm glad you recognized Clark's "Momma's-boy-ness" ;-) And really, what's so wrong about a superhero who's a Momma's boy? I really like that part of the story. Yes, Lex Luthor's part is a little slow. The point there is to show a villain who's not eccentric or crazy. Lex Luthor is cold, calculating, and very sane; that's what makes him so evil!

    I'm also glad you liked "Under the Hood." I'm not sure what you mean by hoping that "more of our readings are in this form." Which "form" are you referring to? This kind of a superhero story or autobiographies? If it's the former, well, unfortunately, this will be the last superhero story we read, but the rest of that book (Watchmen) is excellent! If you were referring to the autobiographical aspect of the story, well you're in luck! This reading is our transition into autobiographical comics :-)