In war and horror alike, the meaning of bravery becomes amplified as the danger increases. But perhaps the most tragic question to come from these stories is, how do you keep fighting when your best friend is gone? That’s a question that Attack on Titan tackles in its second volume, with surprising nuance.
Forget everything you know about manga.
Remember that time that Otto Octavius was Spider-Man?
Antiheroes are all the rage, and the Suicide Squad property has certainly ridden that wave. The New 52 reboot, unlike the film, does have its moments, even if overall it’s little more than a superfluous indulgence.
The greatest test of the secondary characters of the Batman mythos has always been how to stand apart. Sure, people like Batgirl, Nightwing, Red Hood, etc., but is that just an extension of the Dark Knight? And if so, are these characters actually good, or are they just a knock-off stand-in similar to shoddy fan fiction?
The Amazing Spider-Man (2014-) #10
If you browse the superhero genre casually, you might think that anyone with superpowers qualifies as a superhero. For that matter, you may not even need powers; all you need is a suit, a name, and something cool that gives you the ability to fight baddies, and then people adore you, right? Well, it’s not all that simple. Just because you’re the one fighting bad guys, that doesn’t necessarily make you any better than them.
The Amazing Spider-Man (2014-) #9
Marvel has a reputation for being a bit alternate-universe-happy, but this story makes me glad of that fact.