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Superheroes in A Post-Modern Age
What is a superhero?
A hero with superpowers.
What is a hero?
That is a question the genre is struggling with today.
To be a hero is to protect the innocent, uphold moral norms, and preserve society, even if it means experiencing great hardship. It is to embody and express the great virtues, even at tremendous personal cost. It is to use your gifts and talents wisely, in the service of others, instead of satisfying personal vices.
It is to be good and do good in the face of incredible challenges.
But what does it mean to be good?
And does possessing superpowers make you less than, greater than, or something other than human?
Once, there was an easy answer to these questions. Not any more.