“Who Watches the Watchmen?” Why the Law needs Superheroes (and Anti-Heroes)

Comics and graphic novels are philosophy distilled in Technicolor via modern day myth-making tales. There are portions of the real world, objective facts, which are only facts by human agreement. They exist because we believe they exist. “You’ve felt it your entire life. That there is something wrong with the world. You don’t know what it is, but it’s there, like a splinter in your mind, driving you mad.” (Morpheus, 1999)  In contrast, there are facts that are totally independent of human agreement. Searle (1995) coined the first facts as ‘institutional facts’ and the latter facts as ‘brute facts’. Berger and Luckmann (1966) labelled them knowledge and reality, respectively. Heroes are needed to battle past the mental limitations imposed by institutional facts. Comics and graphic novels allow us to change the institutional facts and then challenge brute facts. By doing so, justice may be viewed through a variety of lenses and framed by a kaleidoscope of heroes. Alan Moore attempted this in Watchmen with bleak success.

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