"What are you looking for? Where will your heart's desire take you? What will satisfy you? Are you going to live, or will you die here? The decision is yours. You're completely in charge of your own destiny; that's the only certain thing in life. Believe in yourself, and create your own destiny. Don't fear failure. You have nothing to lose. No one can stop you. Adventure is waiting for you. You should understand this by now. Time is running out. Open your eyes, shout out, and move forward! This is only the beginning of history!" - Outlaw Star, "Forced Departure"
There are important Superman stories to be told in response to Ferguson, however, precisely because where the Man of Steel might fail, a mild mannered reporter can succeed. When some of our superheroes are billionaires and playboys, the 1% so to speak, we can realize the significance of secret identities with journalistic day jobs (in Ferguson, Lois Lane, Vicki Vale and Iris West might be more useful than their respective heroes). Superman is unique in this respect because as a bulletproof journalist from a small town, Clark Kent is able to report the events, critique injustice and expose the untruths of a complex situation like Ferguson. If comics are to consider the militarization of police, systemic racism and growing inequality in America (and they bloody well should), then perhaps we don’t just need superheroes as much as we need journalists. Perhaps we need stories of small town USA torn apart, writ large enough in mythic metaphor so that our favorite ubermensch can fight for justice, yet also real enough that a reporter for a major metropolitan newspaper can tell us the tragic truths we so often need to know. This isn’t just a job for Superman.
This looks like a job for Clark Kent.
Anthony Castle, “Truth, Justice and Ferguson.” (via lyrafay)