Tonight’s been a weird night for me. In all honesty, it’s probably been one of the scariest nights of my life. I have a handicapped sister and she was missing for about 6 hours, she thankfully got home fine with only her purse missing, but over the course of that six hours my entire family and I went through what I can only describe as absolute dread. All we could think about was what horrible things could be happening to her.
At one point my parents went out to go search for her and I needed to stay home in case she found her way home or called the house. I wasn’t happy about it, the thought that someone might be out there hurting or abusing my sister was killing me, and the fact that I had to stay home instead of helping to search for her made me feel even worse. So, I did what most people do in times of crisis, I looked for that one thing that takes your mind off of the rest of the world. Everyone has one, whether it’s a show, a band, a movie, or a game. And mine just so happens to be superhero comics.
So, I sat there reading stories about costumed heroes standing up for truth, justice, and all that is right, hoping that it would block out all of the fearful thoughts floating through my head. I was re-reading All-Star Superman when I got to this sequence. It was then that I realized what makes superheroes truly special. It isn’t the spectacular battles, or colorful costumes, or the amazing powers. It’s the idea that there are people out there who will always fight for what they believe is right, who will go out of there way to help someone in need regardless of what happens to them. At the end of the day the appeal is the heroism, selflessness, and just plain goodness. Aspects that are sorely missing in most other forms of media. They’re a reminder that while at times the world might feel like a terrifying evil place, there’s always someone out there doing good and you shouldn’t focus so much on the bad and they’re something that I’m glad I had tonight. ”It’s never as bad as it seems”