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Comic Book Failure

Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 in Uncategorized

Justice League106Yesterday I explained that I began reading comic books when I was ten years old. Then for more than twenty years I didn’t read a single issue.

So when I resumed reading comic books initially it was to both revisit some special childhood memories and then to complete some stories with unresolved cliffhangers.

Little did I know that as I read I’d find meaningful lessons. For example, the comic book depicted here.

We’re Not Alone

Justice League was a team-based comic book series that faced only the biggest most challenging challenges. Their membership combined some of the greatest heroes in the DC Comic universe.

Wikipedia explains that “Red Tornado is a highly intelligent android possessing superior strength and durability, and capable of creating bursts of cyclone-force winds that enable flight, enhanced speed and the creation of storms.”  When Red Tornado was accepted into the Justice League membership it was a big deal, a great honor.

So with all that ability – when things went wrong – Red Tornado was despondent. It was “just a comic book”, but when I read this book I felt less alone. I was not the only one who felt like a failure.


Even android-heroes make mistakes.

I’d felt like a failure as child.
– Made an error at a critical point of the game.
– Failed to get a hit and made the final out.
– Thrown out running the bases.
I wanted to fit in so badly and instead of being a success, I’d proven I was a failure.

If I continued to believe that my value was based on my performance I would still feel like a failure.
– I’ve earned low marks on performance reviews
– I’ve been rude to my family
– I’ve been inconsiderate to my friends


Justice League #106 reminds us than when we mess up that we’re not alone.

Even better, the Scriptures teach us that our value is settled. God loves you and me no matter what! Jesus died for you and me. 1

So when we feel like a failure. A comic book might help us feel less alone, but it’s also important to remind one another that you love her or him. And that love prompts the patient respect to allow for the time it will take to emotionally recover from big disappointments. In doing so we’ll be a hero.

1 – Romans 5:6-11; 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

Bring on the comments

  1. Needed this today. Thanks for writing.

  2. You and me both, thank you!

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