Superheroes sometimes come in for some criticism here at The Beat—I was a teenaged superhero reader but haven’t read them regularly in a looooong time. I understand the tropes but don’t them in my life at this point in time. Sometimes I think I need to, as the King James translator put it, “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.”
Well, after reading Dean Trippe’s autobiographical comic Something Terrible, I’m reminded why we need heroes and why they’re often super. For all the dark gritty crap and overblown events and interoffice drama, these are stories about character who a lot of people—a lot of kids—identify with in a very persona, direct way. That should never be forgotten.
Trippe is serializing the comic on line but you can buy the whole thing for $0.99 and you should. It’s a very personal, adult comic about childhood trauma and Batman—it about how comics helped him overcome some terrible abuse. I think that’s all you need to know, but please buy and read the comic. It may do you or someone else a lot of good. For real.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.