Heroes Need Trauma Therapy
Being a superhero is great, right? Wrong. Tom King has been an amazing writer for Batman looking at his life, how he deals with his, and moving past his personal trauma. Trauma may set in after a distressing or life-threatening event. A person may develop extreme anxiety or PTSD. They also may have ongoing problems with relationships and self-esteem. Sometimes people overcome this. These people offer inspiration to others who have had similar experiences in their life Would you want to be a hero if it meant hardships.
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The Next Step – The DC Universe
Tom King is going to take this one step further: he’s going to look at trauma in the whole DC Universe and it will be called “Sanctuary”. At the DC in D.C. event, Tom King told the audience at the “The Aftermath: Battle & Trauma in Comics” panel,
“Sanctuary’s the most obvious idea I think I’ve ever had”
“The DCU has a bunch of superheroes and all they do is fight, every time, and that must have a psychological effect on them, right?” he continued. “You can’t live a life of violence and not feel that violence deep in your heart … So, [Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman have] set up something called Sanctuary, which is a place that you can go, modeled on veterans’ crisis centers — which is an interesting name for them — and talk about this trauma and admit that this had an effect on you.”
But what is Sanctuary? We dont really know yet. Tom King mentions that he’ll be providing hints on his Twitter account: @TomKingTK
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Is Another Crisis Coming?
We dont really know but with the word “crisis” being thrown around, and Tom King is no help with his tweet below, it’s a pretty decent bet that one may be coming,
The Crisis isn't coming. It's already here. pic.twitter.com/WHBGWdp56h
— Tom King (@TomKingTK) January 11, 2018
Trauma Is Everywhere, Even in superheroes
Tom King followed up with these words to his audience ….
“We’re creating a place superheroes can go that mimics the good work people are doing for veterans around the world, where they can have a space where they can actually admit that this violence has had consequences for them and has affected them mentally. So that your greatest heroes, who are inspiring our children, can say proudly: ‘Yes, I’ve had some mental difficulties, and yes, working with people has helped me through them.’ And we don’t hide behind that.”
There are wounds that we all have that are not physical in nature. It’s how we handle them that makes us grow into the people we are today.
Sanctuary by Tom King. Watch for it when it begins….