As February draws to a close, so does this series of entirely random choices of things about comics that I happen to find entirely awesome. For the final selection, then, how could I resist one of the greatest comic staples of all?
The secret identity concept is one that’s sadly been somewhat abandoned in recent years, beaten back by thoughts of realism and fear of seeming ridiculous or the such, and it’s a shame. Yes, the idea that a pair of glasses or domino mask could make your dual identity impossible to uncover by anyone with a pair of eyes and the ability to recognize voices is ridiculous, but that is a large part of its charm, for me; the secret identity is a massive portion of the wish fulfillment aspect of superheroes (It’s the “if only they knew the real me” thought process made concrete), and also something that’s become oddly real in the internet age where it’s easy to make up a name and post commentary online behind a digital mask of anonymity. We all have secret identities now, to an extent; I just wish that today’s superhero comics played up that aspect of modern life some more to reflect it.