In 2004, DC comics co-publisher Jim Lee and writer Brian Azzarello collaborated on a story that had a personal impact on my life: For Tomorrow. Illustrated in twelve issues, the story arc was studded with gorgeous art and interesting philosophical questions. It led, in many respects, to a re-consideration of the Man of Steel and revealed in a sense, his sin – “My sin? Was to save the world.”
The question, raised, then, is whether messianic aspirations actually contribute to creating more problems than they solve. Superman means right, however, his dreams for a utopia, his actions, lead to disaster. The tale, itself, is philosophical, questioning the Last Son of Krypton, but also, transferring the sins of his father, the scientist Jor-El, upon the son, Kal-El.
Literature serves an important function in culture; it can serve to entertain, to educate, but also to reflect, and to stir intellectual debate. For Tomorrow aims at unveiling the cultural zeitgeist and produce content that can serve to point the way forward, in a sense, a sort of inspiration.
Film, radio, video, comic book and graphic novel, these are the various media through which art is expressed in culture. A look at these creations, can better furnish our lives and help us lead more fulfilled lives.
“Up, up, and away!”