I’ve always been interested in the way writers address the concerns of normal life within the realm of comic book heroes—more specifically superhero comics.
We saw this type of story spanning through Millar and McNiven’s Civil War that took place a few years ago in the Marvel 616. And though almost all the effects of that series are tied up, there are still real life issues that need to be addressed.
That brings us to New Avengers #7. This story has stolen my heart as only few can. It’s not heartfelt, it’s not action packed, it’s not even that relevant to the series at this point; but it does take super heroism to the limits of comics and the fringe of real life.
Two things in this issue stuck out: the handing out of paychecks and the search for the Cage’s perfect baby-sitter. These two very real issues suspend the intensity and intrigue of superhero comics for a time to give us a glimpse into the group dynamic and life of the people behind the masks.
If I were a superhero, of course there would be a conflict between whether I should get paid for my crime-fighting. I would feel a ton of pressure to do more and more opposed to just what I could. I would feel indebted and subject to the whims and fancies of those that paid the bills. I couldn’t be free. Luke Cage feels this even though it is the MOST AMAZING superhero in the world, Steve Rogers, paying him!
But on the other hand, a little income would be nice. Carol Danvers breathes a sigh of relief and Spider-Man would gladly accept the check from this particular benefactor. Yet, he’s the only one that didn’t get one. I loved this! This brings me to another real life scenario.
How can you get a pay check if you are anonymous? The only way is to write the check out to “cash,” but this wouldn’t work for the Avengers if all payroll rules are to be followed. Call me geeky, but again: I love this!
The next issue that needs to be tackled in this installment is what to do with Luke and Jessica’s baby while the team foils the evil plans of the team’s super villain foes. Obviously, they need a baby-sitter. And not just any baby-sitter; the sitter needs to have some sort of super powers to protect the child. Why, you ask? Because the loved ones of any hero are always his or her greatest weakness. (Haven’t you ever read a comic book!?!?)
So let the interviews begin. The amount of love and care that an active super hero can provide tends to be minimal. There are exceptions of course. Still, the rough and tumble are out there everyday pounding the bad guys—tired, beaten, and worn out. Not many can turn around and provide love and care to a child that is not their own. Enter Squirrel Girl.
As I said, I love the comics that tackle real life issues. Bendis took this opportunity to address these issues in a comical sense, but there are others out there that can’t afford to. Whatever the case, post a comment or email me at AndyKirby@ComicBooked.com and tell me about your favorite comics that take on real life and what they mean to you!