Every once in a while, I need to be reminded that comics are supposed to be a fun part of my life. After the DC New 52 Survey results, Before Watchmen, Gary Friedrich, Comic Book Men, Edgar Rice Burroughs' Estate, and everything else that has happened recently, it seemed like there was nothing but bitterness surrounding comics. Everyone seems to be upset by something that is happening. And this is supposed to be my 'fun' hobby.
I needed some comic joy.
It all started when the Supergirls at home were excited to have bought some Golden Grahams cereal that had free inside Justice League comics! FREE INSIDE COMICS!! Their excitement made me think I am doing something right as a dad. I know the news of these comics is old, but their response was fantastic.
Inside I found Golden Grahams Justice League #2, done by comic veteran creative team writer Paul Tobin and artist Derec Donovan. It had a such a simple and wonderful ending that it reminded me of why I read comics as a kid and why I persist in this hobby. It reminded me why I want my kids to grow up reading comics ... well, the right comics.
In the comic, an AI robot becomes self-aware, goes out of control and begins manufacturing more of himself with anything he can get his hands on including people's cars, store items, etc. Superman and Wonder Woman are called in to stop it. The robot's creator says it is like a child, just trying to understand what it is and trying to build a society around it. But it is learning.
The robot then telepathically bonds to Superman and gets a feel for Superman and what he represents.
It sees Pa tell Clark that he has a responsibility to help others.
It sees Clark studying law.
And it sees Superman say that all he wants is truth, justice, and for people to peacefully co-exist.
It links to Wonder Woman in the same way.
It sees Hippolyta tell her that she must leave Paradise Island to better all mankind.
It sees Wonder Woman tell a policeman she is happy to help with a crisis.
And it sees that she values the wisdom of Athena more than any other power.
After absorbing that heroic outlook from the heroes, the robot stops its building rampage and begins helping clean up the mess it made. The heroes inspired a robot to do good ... to be a hero itself.
Maybe I am an old stick in the mud.
Maybe I am a curmudgeon.
But I actually like reading comics where the heroes are heroes, doing good for its own sake. This isn't a distrusted Superman being attacked by the army and shunned by citizens. This isn't a Wonder Woman embroiled in a bloody family feud. These are heroes trying to help, and being role models for others to aspire to be like. Wonderful.
I happily read this book with my kids. And I was reminded what I loved about comics when I was their age. And the acrimony of the business was forgotten, at least temoporarily.