Sunday, 21 August 2016
Untrained Crime Fighters
"Neither Ginny nor I believed that, as a general rule, untrained, unorganized, unauthorized individuals could really fight crime, whether or not they wore silly comic-book costumes." (p. 140)
Garth Ennis wrote an entire comic book series, The Boys, to prove this precise point. A government faction pulls back the Air Force so that analogues of Superman and his colleagues can intervene in 9:11 - with disastrous results. The "supes" know how to kill hijackers but not how to fly a plane. They get everyone killed and the fiasco has to be covered up but meanwhile the CIA employs a secret team to monitor the supes...
The result is mayhem.