What accounts for the rising popularity of the anti-hero in fiction? In this week’s podcast we explore that question and others related to the idea of heroes in stories and in the real world. We discuss Alan Moore and the origins of the trend in comics, as well as recent hero stories like Man of Steel. Plus, our very first Grudge Match between 2 VERY anti-heroes!
(02:53) How Khemit missed the point of The Killing Joke
(10:19) The anti-hero boom through the lens of Marvel/DC
(17:00) Watchmen and moral ambiguity
(21:35) Intelligence, hubris, and the anti-hero as supervillain
(24:53) Immy Interruption Interlude
(26:30) What is the source of the anti-hero trend?
(35:30) Changing definitions of heroism
(39:30) Kurt Busiek and heroic realism
(42:05) The anti-hero done right
(47:00) Grudge Match: Deadpool vs. The Punisher