In the arena of comics, no genre can court an audience quite
like superhero stories. People around the world dip into daydreams of
superpowers, fame, and being able to go to work in spandex.
Even those who
aren’t so imaginative, still spend hours relaxed in front of their screens
winding down to the colourful lives of comic book crusaders.
However, superheroes are rarely lucky. They end each
adventure standing tall but usually at tremendous personal cost, loss, and
injury. In no other medium are character’s tragedies and triumphs so acutely
balanced. The over-the-top nature of comic book worlds also makes these peaks
and dips starker.
Characters rarely receive a blessing without being burdened with
a curse. The most notable example of this balance is Batman. He gets to be a
billionaire playboy, but also carries the burden of an orphan whose effort to
conceal his secret identity pushes him further and further still into isolation.
While it is true all comic characters have their share of
misfortune, some seem to exist in a persistent state of tragedy, never able to
catch a break.