Natural Disasters and Super-heroism

– by hurricane survivor Michael Tennant –



The rain fell. Then more rain. And wind. Hurricane Irma swept through the Caribbean and came north through Florida leaving a path of destruction in its wake.

As I sat in my house waiting out the inevitable storm, I thought to myself: This is the time when we could really use superheroes.

Not to stop crime or fight wars. We have police and soldiers for that. But to save lives. Save civilizations.

I wonder why there have not been more superhero stories depicting a battle against natural disasters. Yes, there have been some but most of those involved some kind of nefarious plot by villains manipulating nature.

So many themes to be explored. We often see Man V Man or Man V Himself. Is it not time to see Man V Nature?

There are so many interesting angles that could be explored.

I would think that, going with the hurricane theme, heroes would try to stop the actual storm. That in itself has some intriguing possibilities. Some heroes such as the X-Man Storm, or Asguard’s God of Thunder, Thor — their powers defined by their relationship to weather — they might have something to say about trying to change the weather. There is also the theory that if we change the weather in one part of the world then that would change the weather in other parts of the world as well. So trying to save some could very possibly endanger others.

Ultimately the story would change from stopping the storm to saving those in the path of the carnage. Heroes and Villains alike would be heavily invested in saving those close to them and preserving their own homes. Interesting dynamics that would not otherwise be explored would now open to the writer of such subjects.

From danger to survival, to ultimately recovery, all the elements are there for great stories and opportunities to create new directions for various characters. Not to mention the instant connection to those who have suffered through natures wrath.

Seems like a no-brainer to me. Am I all alone here?

Michael Tennant
After discovering Superboy and the Legion of Superheroes #239 as a young man, Michael Tennant never looked back. Armed with a passion for journalism and a thirst for knowledge, he still talks to his imaginary friends.

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