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.