Monday, July 12, 2010
The recent Philly.com advance review of Superman #701, the first issue of J. Michael Straczynski's Grounded arc, paints a sad picture of the once heroic Superman, who is now reduced to bumming his way across America. In this first issue, he's unaware of what a Philly cheese steak is and orders one without any money to pay for it. He is then forced to work in the back to pay off his debt.
My question to you is, does someone with the powers of Superman have the obligation to save lives? Does Spider-Man's motto of 'with great power comes great responsibility' hold true in this case? Should he not be cleaning store rooms to pay off the cheese steak he ordered? Should he be obligated to be on patrol and using his powers to save lives instead of 'rediscovering America'?
Personally, I'm not sure how to view it. No one should be forced to do anything, but with the powers of Superman, it's kind of selfish to be doing such menial chores when he could be doing so much more. He could build bridges, stop landslides, till land and plant crops in underdeveloped countries or just plain save people from every day crime and mishaps. Instead, he's cleaning dishes and store rooms as some kind of penance for not saving some woman's husband from a terminal disease. What do you think? Is he morally obligated to save lives? Is he doing more harm than good by 'grounding' himself? Let us know what you think in the comments below.