So…I may have a problem buying sonic screwdrivers. I’m not going to say how much I’ve spent but I will openly say I’ve purchased eight. But they’re worth it because I almost always have one on me and I almost always point them at any light as I turn it on or off. Regardless of the financial cost, my life is obviously immeasurably better being able to do this. On more than one occasion, while waving a sonic around at work, a student has asked if it was a lightsaber (an understandable mistake as a) Doctor Who isn’t as big in America as Star Wars and b) they know I love Star Wars). I explain that, no, it isn’t a lightsaber. It’s much better. A lightsaber is a weapon, the sonic screwdriver a tool. One has the potential to dismember and kill (which it’s often used for); the other to analyze, augment, and repair (which it’s always used for). When it comes to heroes, I’ll take the Doctor over the Jedi ten times out of ten. Early this schoolyear a student posed a question – If I had to pick just one fictional universe to enjoy for the rest of my life would I choose Marvel, Star Wars, or Doctor Who? The answer was surprisingly simple. There are many reasons I’d choose Doctor Who but the most important is the way the Doctor moves through space and time, always modeling an ethic of kindness and sowing the seeds of hope across creation.
When he was fifteen-years-old, Peter Parker was bitten by a radioactive spider at a science demonstration, gaining the proportionate strength, speed, and agility of a spider. It also granted him a precognitive sense that warns him of danger – his spider-sense. The death of his uncle at the hands of a burglar he could’ve stopped taught Peter that with great power there must also come great responsibility. Every day since he’s tried to live up to that creed, as the amazing Spider-Man. BUT Peter wasn’t the only one bitten by the irradiated spider on that fateful day. Before it died, it also bit Cindy Moon. On a whim I decided to begin rereading her adventures as the superhero Silk last week.
Reading these comics just as, “New coronavirus cases and hospitalizations in record numbers swept through more U.S. states…as most push ahead with reopening,” cast these stories in an entirely new light. I marveled at Silk’s strength and realized she may well be the most important superhero we have in this pandemic age. Continue reading
with Kalie Zamierowski! Yay!!
I’ve never done a co-authored piece on my blog before but today is the day! Given this is my 99th post annnnd I’m honoring a comic book I love (and write about a lot) – Erik Burnham and Dan Schoening’s brilliant Ghostbusters – I wanted to do something extra special. Kalie and I were having a discussion about ghostbusting the other day and she started analyzing the guys in grey in a light I’d never considered. So I pitched the team-up idea to her and she happily agreed. Are you ready to see the Ghostbusters as you’ve never seen them before? Here we go… Continue reading