Saturday, September 24, 2011

The Power of Fear

Can superheroes feel fear? With their sky high strength and courage, it seems that superheroes rarely experience the crippling thing called fear. Even though fear isn't generally seen as a good thing, I wish it would appear more frequently in the comic world, for a couple of simple reasons. Fear is something we can easily relate to (as normal human beings), and furthermore, seeing our favorite superheroes and superheroines overcome fear is always highly satisfying.

Take page 16 of Rogue #3 for example: Gris-Gris throws his voodoo powder onto Rogue, causing her to "cower in fear" for a few precious moments. Even though it was disconcerting to see a typically spunky Rogue looking so vulnerable, I felt that this scene was the first and only scene in the entire Rogue miniseries that I was truly able to connect to her. My heart reached out to her, and I found myself cheering her on more vigorously than I had before the encounter took place.

Additionally, even though fear can render many incapable of completing tasks successfully, our superheroes and superheroines always have it in them to eventually overcome their fear, developing into stronger and more respectable individuals along the way. On the page following Rogue's confrontation with Gris-Gris, she gathers her determination and breaks free from the trap of fear that Gris-Gris put her in, proceeding to kick the baddies' asses. The message of "crush your fear" that Rogue sends is inspiring and easy to believe in, making her a very relatable superheroine, whereas a "fearless" superhero will never be as realistic of a role model.

In the comic world, fear is a lesson to be learned, not something to ignore.


  1. I totally agree with you in that fear is a necessary emotion and helps us connect to superheroes and superheroines. I think without fear you can't know courage or the strength required to get over your fears. If comic book characters don't have fear, they become weaker characters because there actions aren't as powerful as they would be if they had do to them with fear.

  2. I agree completely. In my opinion that was what was wrong with the original wonder woman, she was too hard to relate to. I felt more compassion towards Etta Candy than Wonder Woman because I could relate to her flaws.

  3. I definitely agree with all that was posted. Out of all the comics we have read thus far, I think Rogue was the most relatable, for she exhibited the most down to earth characteristics, fear being one of them. Rogue wasn't a superhero that acted humanly sometimes, but a seemingly regular human that acted like a superhero in the face of danger.

  4. I agree with all of you because a fearless superhero does not have an inner struggle to surmount and thus has no real flaws and is less relatable to everyone reading the stories.


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