22 June 2009

You don’t have to be Super to be a Hero

It’s Superman tells the story of a younger Clark Kent, before he fully understood his powers and the responsibility of being Superman. Like usual, Lois Lane has gotten herself into trouble (being that head strong, woman of the future), and Lex Luthor is trying to take over the world with is Lexbot.

There is a scene in the story where Kent is talking to himself and his mother. He says he did not want to fight the Lexbot, but his mother talks him through it. I think that everything Superman did has been done over and over. Although it was an interesting concept having the dialogue between his mom and himself (all in Kent’s head),but other than that I think it was lack luster and boring.

Under the Hood is set up like an autobiography, and tells the story of Hollis Mason (the Nite Owl), in the 1930- 40’s era of the masked hero. In Under the Hood , Mason talks about all the hardships of the masked hero group that he was apart of called The Minutemen. Such as the masked hero known as Dollar Bill, who was a masked hero for hire. Dollar Bill was killed when his cape (designed by his employer a bank to have the maximum public appeal) got suck in a door and he was shot as point blank range. Also the masked hero Silhouette, who was practical forced to leave the Minutemen by their manger, when she was ousted as a lesbian. She was later killed (shot in the head) with her lover. Most of all though Under the Hood is about Hollis Mason (Nite Owl) and his life leading up to, during and his after his retirement . Such as he wanted to be a masked hero when he was younger but became a police officer, until he heard about Hooded Justice, who was already a masker hero stopping crime. Then his decision to retire because real super heroes with real powers were coming up in the world.

This was such a interesting look at the real life of the masked hero. I mean, everyone knows about all the good, such as stopping the bad guy and the praise. However, one never really hears or ever thinks about the bad, such as the Minutemen all being up on trial and forced to show their true identities. This was crazy good. It takes the idea that heroes are real people with real problems, families and hang-up to a whole other level. The story made the Minutemen real. In my opinion, anyone could really be the Minutemen because they are just everyday people, fighting for justice, and truth.


  1. I have to agree with you on how interesting the reading was. It was nice to see a hero who does not have super powers other than his morals=0)

  2. I'm sorry It's Superman! was boring :-( You're the first person to mention the psychological aspect of the story--which is my favorite part, and what I hoped everyone would really recognize as different from the comics and movies.

    Your summary of "Under the Hood" is equally in-depth, so well done there. You should really read Watchmen now :-)

    My only critique is to proofread you stuff a little more closely. I hardly think a "manger" can force anyone to leave ;-)