I was looking out the window yesterday and saw some falling leaves and was reminded that it was the fall season. But connecting the term to my favorite hobby, I thought, "what about the fall of heroes?"
Well, I've seen some of my favorite heroes hit rock bottom. In Spiderman #3, way back in the 1960's, Peter Parker was about to quit until he realised that he could rebound. One of my favorite Fantastic Four issues was entitled, "The Dismal Dreggs of Defeat." But you know what? Most heroes manage to win the day after they put on their capes and slip into their costumes and use their powers to win the day.
Too bad we "real folk" don't have costumes to slip into (actually we do, they're called our "work clothes") or masks to hide behind since we don't have secret identities to hide behind, we have to face life the way we look all of the time. And that's the trouble, when things bother us there's no rebounding in the next month's issue we call, "Our Life."
No, we're left with but one thing to do. Look into the mirror and face that reflection of ourselves and put up a steely gaze towards that familiar image and make a promise to the mirror to do what it takes to get through life: overtime, an extra job, sacrificing extras, whatever it takes to help our children, our spouses, our friends...ourselves. That way we can sleep at night, we can hold our own heads up high with honor, knowing that we did all we could to get through life, to stay as far away from "the fall" as possible,
And in the end, if we do all of these things, we can keep comic books as a great hobby and fun entertainment because we would keep those brightly colored characters on the printed page and become our own real heroes.