One of the biggest problems for people in the modern world is struggling with their mental health. Common mental health disorders are PTSD and depression. Although there has been a greater acceptance of mental health issues, many people are reluctant to talk about what they’ve been through for fear of being stigmatised. Comics are a good medium for exploring mental health, and there are many characters who deal with similar issues. Here are four superheroes who have battled with their mental health.
It’s common for people to be inspired by superheroes, to be drawn to what they represent. Larger than life characters like Superman and Thor represents hope. They wield god-like powers and use it to benefit mankind. But they aren’t human or prone to the imperfections of mortality. Human superheroes like Batman fail on a frequent basis. They have personal lives that are fraught with tragedy. They fuck up and have to live with the consequences of their actions. The same can be said for many ‘street-level’ superheroes, and they are the most interesting to me. But what is the appeal of a street-level superhero and why do we tend to gravitate to them?
When we think of superheroes, we think of brightly dressed people with amazing powers. The fight to save the world so often we wonder how they could possibly have a personal life. Jessica Jones: Alias: Volume 1 takes the reader down to earth and shows what happens when a hero tries to live like the rest of us. A former Avenger, Jessica Jones used to go by Jewel, but she retired from the team and opened up a private detective agency. Written by Brian Michael Bendis, Alias is an influential graphic novel because it inspired Marvel’s MAX comic line. There’s violence, profanity, sex and people doing questionable things for what they think are the right reasons. When the first word is ‘fuck’ you know you’re in for something gritty.