EDITORIAL: Where is the hero for the 99%
Cape-less Crusader asks why the heroes aren't helping out
EDITORIAL: Where is the hero for the 99%?
January 30th by Josh
Its almost February which, to most people, means to that their thoughts are turning to chocolates, hearts, and the arrows of Cupid.
For some, though, this month has taken on a different meaning. Last year, the Valentines season was marked by upheaval. Around the world, protestors took to the streets to decry the inequality in a system that they felt protected the rights of the privileged an ultra-wealthy while often denying the average person even the most basic of needs.
In Tahrir Square, the youth of Egypt faced off against saber-wielding cavalry. They stood their ground as the supporters of the now-ousted Hosni Mubarak tried to ride them down.
In Madison, Wisconsin, those who refused to be silenced by onerous new restrictions on speech were dragged away by police and private security as those legislators who sought to defend them were hounded across state lines.
And, in Oakland, protestors clashed with police and withstood an onslaught of "non-lethal" attacks.
As we approach the first anniversary of the "Spring" and "Occupy" movements, it is somewhat surprising to see that our comic books have no yet caught up with the changes in our society.
At DC, Batman remains the best-selling character in the company's library. The third installment of Chris Nolan's trilogy is due out this summer, and the supporting cast of the comics are being fleshed out in their own books, from "Nightwing", to "Batwoman", to the upcoming "The Robins".
Over at Marvel's "House of Ideas", Iron Man reigns supreme. Having emerged victorious from "Civil War" and riding the wave of two successful films and the upcoming "Avengers", the character's stock has never been higher.
The case could be made that both of these characters represent the ultimate "One-Percent-er". They are both fabulously wealthy men who have access to technology far beyond that of mere mortals.
"Batman, INC" is a global brand within the DCU, incorporating characters on every continent in pursuit of furthering Bruce Wayne's quest for vengeance/justice.
Tony Stark's role as leader of SHIELD, position within the White House, and controlling interest in a multinational corporation places him very clearly within the top economic and social echelons.
So where is the hero for the rest of us?
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