A lot of people have been asking me if I am “outraged” about getting lambasted on the most recent episode of “Crisis.” And honestly, I’m really not. Frankly, it’s happened so many times, if I let it keep bothering me I’d have an ulcer the size of Starla’s ego. I do wanna go on record as saying that I’ve offered — many times — to appear as a guest on her program, and her people have declined every time. Even though I’d probably get railroaded like the rest of her guests, at least I’d have the opportunity to present my side of the story. But so far as I’ve been able to determine, “journalistic integrity” is nowhere to be found on Starla’s short list of virtues.
But you know what was kind of surprising? Max Mason actually came out smelling like a rose. I do think it’s important that I make something clear here: just because I saved Mason’s life doesn’t necessarily mean I’m in his corner. The truth is, after what happened to my parents, I have a pretty strong opinion on the subject of murder. The long and the short of it is, I think it’s just about the most abhorrent thing that humankind, in its infinite wisdom, has had the misfortune of dreaming up, and I simply will not tolerate it in my city. So what I’m saying is, preventing Max Mason’s untimely death should not be seen as an endorsement: I’d have done the same for anyone. That said, in my few interactions with Max, he’s been nothing but cordial, and the public face he’s put on since the Mason Tower bombing has been nothing short of inspiring. And he leapt to my defense numerous times in this particular “Crisis” segment, and for that, I am very grateful.
And don’t worry, I’m not on the outs with the police; Commissioner Stone has to tow the official party line, at least as far as the media are concerned, that the LAPD doesn’t support the actions of “vigilantes” like moi. I actually know the commissioner personally, and he’s currently spearheading an exciting new initiative that will give us superheroes who are on the side of the angels the chance to fight crime in a much more official capacity. More on that as it develops!
And last but not least, I would be remiss if I ended my discussion of this episode without mentioning Starla’s third and final guest, the lovely and talented Ms. Temperance Jones. I’d read some really glowing reviews of Temperance Jones’ book “The Superhero Complex,” and eventually decided to bite the bullet and pick up a copy. I’m about halfway through the book, and already I’m quoting passages from the book here on the blog. The book delves so deeply into the superhero phenomena that it’s made me realize things about myself that had never occurred to me before. Everything I’ve done, my journey to becoming a superhero, it just kind came instinctively, I basically made it all up as I went along. But now I’m starting to realize that I might have been subconsciously adhering to a laundry list of mythic archetypes. It’s all really fascinating stuff, and a must read for any superhero enthusiast. You can read portions for free here, I urge all of you to check it out!