GRAPHIC NOVEL REVIEW: THE DEATH OF SUPERMAN

Written by Dan Jurgens, when I first read this graphic novel, it broke my heart that one of the most beloved superheroes was being critically injured during the fight of his life.  Still, there were numerous cases where Superman was portrayed as all but invincible.  With that in mind, it was satisfactory to see Superman being pushed to his limits as he battles the monster Doomsday.  That way, Superman would have a more human side to him when engaged in extreme combat.  I believe that every superhero has their own ultimate villain that pushes them to their limits.  With Batman, his ultimate villain is Bane while Superman’s is Doomsday.

CONCEPT: TEENAGE SUPERHEROES

For the longest time, I have been fascinated with the idea of teenagers becoming superheroes.  Some incarnations depict young heroes who are immature and prefer to use their powers for fun and mischief instead of fighting villains.  Others show youths who who are rebels without a cause or require the supervision of older superheroes to keep them in line.  While there have been various incarnations of this concept, I decided to develop my own team of teenage superheroes based on the personalities of myself and my best friends.  I wanted to create characters that were not stereotypical teenagers.  Therefore, I imagined how my friends and I would handle certain situations if we were given superhuman abilities.  When the Young Guardians’ powers first manifest, they are frightened, confused, and initially have no idea what their purpose in life was.  However, after one of their own accidentally injures another human being, they conclude that their crusade against evil should be one of redemption.  In addition, they are the first and only superheroes in existence in their world and have no older heroes to watch over them.  So, they are basically left to their own devices when their lives are inexplicably changed.  As for leadership, even though Patrick is often viewed as the leader by the public, the first four members have been friends since elementary school and have always viewed each other as equals.  Also, despite being the oldest of the group, Tinisha was too inexperienced about the modern world and often followed her younger companions’ lead.