Comic Book Logic

Some people think that comics don’t really make sense. Well, duh.

Now, flying dudes in spandex aren’t a common feature of everyday life. Superman picking up a car, or a space shuttle, or France, well, that’s just against the laws of physics. And you’ve got to accept that, unless you’re one of those crazy people who’d rather Superman have trouble picking up a piece of toast. You want gritty realism, go watch Eastenders.

(Heh heh heh.)

But even the impossible needs to make sense, you know? And that’s where Suspension of Disbelief comes in. This blog champions the idea that, if Smallville’s gonna be set in Kansas, the geography should be right, and that if a superhero is put on trial for invading another country to topple a dictator, his lawyers get their international criminal law right.

Of course, any non-geeks out there are currently shaking their heads at this, but this sort of thing is important. You need to sell the reality of an unreal situation – give the audience something to latch on to, either an environment or a society or an emotion, and then bring in the fantastic and the impossible. Fantasy works best when there’s a reality somewhere in the middle of it.

Then again, I’m the guy who goes on message boards to argue that Clark Kent COULD disguise himself with just a pair of glasses. I suspect there’s a correlation between that and the fact that I’m gonna die alone…



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