We may not worship them but comicbook characters do play the role of the ancient pantheons by symbolizing the human condition. Some are pretty obvious but others are more subtle. I’ll keep adding to this list as I go through my comicbook journey.
Hulk – The rage born of trauma. Bruce Banner is the victim of abuse and his exposure to gamma rays proved the catalyst for a long hidden rage.
Batman – Also rage born of trauma but this time the DC version. Bruce Wayne has been unable to accept the death of his parents. It has turned him into a monomaniac control freak. Everytime the Batman faces off with the Joker I have a hard time figuring out who’s crazier.
Hellboy – The archetype of self-determination. He looks a certain way. He was meant to be a certain way. But he decides differently for himself.
Iron Man – The archetype of man’s relationship to technology. Our hope for technology. Our fear of technology. How technology empowers us.
Superman – The sun god. The ideal man. So impossible to live up to that we’ve made him into an alien – a Kryptonian. The perfect us who we will never be.