Since my twelve-year-old nephew Ben and I couldn’t make it to Comic-Con in San Diego, California the other week, we decided to go to Tate’s Comics in Lauderhill, Florida for the best (and closest) geeky alternative. It was a mini Comic-Con of sorts complete with a line that snaked through the store that lead (literally) nowhere, swag including pins, stickers, Green Lantern rings and a Superman comic, and characters. Lots of them. There were people I could write about in my novels, people who were dressed up as their favorite superheroes, and people who just wanted to experience the fun and fantasy of graphic novels.
That day, I bought my first comic since I hung up my Archie comic books when I was a kid. She-Hulk is a lawyer who works for a firm that represents superheroes. When the going gets tough, she summons her gamma-changers and, yes, she turns green and grows incredible muscles and super human powers a la her cousin, The Hulk. Like all of us who are part human, part superhero, her life comes with conflicts that must be tackled. Her mortal boyfriend hates when she morphs and becomes more lizard than woman. When her law firm begins defending villains and lords of the underworld, it’s all she can do not to jade-out and break some heads.
I haven’t had a lot of time to read about She-Hulk lately since I have become involved in some very sensitive cases where I have been appointed as Guardian ad Litem. A Guardian ad Litem represents the best interests of children who are faced with family difficulties. Usually, the problems involve mom and dad fighting over where the children should live. Issues range from physical and emotional abuse to drugs and alcohol use to sexual abuse. I meet a lot of characters when I delve into the underworld as a Guardian ad Litem. Each time I meet another child who has not chosen the abusive situation he or she is in, I wish I could don a cape and summon my gamma-changers. Conflicts must be overcome. Villains must be thwarted. Good must overcome evil.