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Off My Mind: Should Heroes Look At The Bigger Picture?
by Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero on
Is their focus on super-villains too narrow?
With all the power the heroes have at their fingertips, it seems there's so much more they could be doing. I'm not trying to make this sound like their work is unappreciated but rather than chase around lunatics dressed in flashy costumes, why don't they try using their powers to literally save the world.
Once in a while we'll see heroes dealing with world catastrophes. Amazing Spider-Man #477 (or issue #36, depending on which numbering system you go with) showed the heroes dealing with the aftermath of 9/11. It was a powerful issue. Why don't heroes try to deal with the tragic events that people suffer around the world?
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How many nations have people that are starving? In 1985, the X-Men tried doing what they could to help with famine in Africa. What about when nations suffer from the destruction of earthquakes or other natural disasters? We hardly ever see the heroes doing anything to help in these times. Yet they can sit around large tables and have meetings.
I know heroes helping people from world disasters may not make the most exciting comic book. You would just think that this is something that would be addressed more. Batman has a fortune at his disposal yet we rarely see him spend it on things other than his fancy gadgets. I know the Wayne Foundation gives generously to different charities but if Bruce spent more time actually planning against the tragedies, he could probably solve half the world's problems. Reed Richards could invent miracles with barely any thought or effort.
Is it time for the heroes to get off their high horses and get down to actually try helping the people? They just seem to be spending too much of their time playing cat and mouse with the same bad guys over and over.