The Bat & The Cat

Posted: April 9, 2019 by Ty in Spirituality
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Okay I am a wee nip loving the discount trade paperback bin at Revival Records and Comics by my house. There I have said it, but I in no way want an intervention currently. It is a great way to discover those stories that the Public Library has yet to score, and that I just can’t swing paying full cover price for at Chapters.

This week it brought some contemplative fun around family, and can folks actually change. One is a collection of one shots centered around the up coming nuptials of Catwoman (Selina Kyle) and Batman (Bruce Wayne)-yes there may be some spoilers.

But it is truly about family, and weird connections, as an undercurrent story is The Joker actually trying to get an invitation to the wedding because he does not see Batman as an enemy, but rather as his best friend who he has grand ol’ times with. Then there is the story of Damien Wayne, the current Robin, coming to terms with what it means to have a step-mum, and truly moving away from his grandfather’s heritage to accept the true him.

Image result for batman prelude to the weddingBatman’s boyhood friend, Hush, comes back to show that he has finally found away to get what he wants to be–close to his friend Bruce (the Batman) by physically altering himself to be Dick Grayson. The shenanighans started at Batman’s bachelor party with Dick (Nightwing) and Superman.

A great father-son moment ensues after the superhero battle of Dick and Bruce acceptingRelated image and acknowledging how good of friends they are, and then Dick realizing Superman has the rings.

And the response is awesome- “I get it, he’s Superman”

And then there’s more fun as Batgirl tackles the Riddler in a move to ensure no villains crash the party, and Harley Quinn decides to get some “exposure therapy” for her PTSD from the abusive relationship with her Puddin’ Mr. J.

Each story raises how do we determine who are family is…and more importantly our path to happiness.

Image result for batman: bride or burglarWhich then leads me into the flow of the second find, Batman Vol. 6 Bride or Burglar by Tom King. They are a collection of stories in King’s wheel house, how the human being will respond to trauma, and where our centre’s rest. The opening story is about a wealthy son who has lost his parent’s to violence “The Origin of Bruce Wayne” is a one and done story mystery about how Zasz has gotten in and out of Arkham to commit murders and add to the tallies’ on his skin…only for it to come home to roost that the child, wants desperately to be Bruce Wayne, he is the murderer.

What happens with pain and grief that goes unprocessed? What happens when a child truly has no one? Is this the way our society should be in the world?

Then there is the Super Friends story arc with Wonder Woman where she and Batman go into another dimension to give the eternal warrior, the Gentle Man, a break from the hordes of evil for a day so he can see his wife. A day though our time, is decades there time. Can Bruce still hold to Selina as his lightning rod? As the weariness of war wears him down? Will the Gentle Man decide to return and if not, what does this mean for our world?

Why does this story (or any comic story matter)? Simple, like our television shows and movies, I challenge you that they are our new mythology. Our heroic meta-narratives, and within this arc what King is asking is:

Can someone else fill your vocational call?

Image result for batman: bride or burglarThe volume closes with a story of Poison Ivy, that leads into Heroes in Crisis (regular readers know is one of my favourite storylines currently, issue 8 out April 24). Ivy believes she has killed, and has lost it. Tied into the green she literally takes over the world and all the 7.5 billion minds along with it. The Bat and the Cat are left free, for a reason, to play out what is happening.

Can they help Ivy find the truth?

The journey through the darkness, the wilderness, to allow the truth to emerge. As the truth emerges (she did not kill, the Riddler did during the Vol.4 War of Jokes and Riddles), she becomes open to PTG (Post Traumatic Growth) by healing, by entering Sanctuary.

It raises questions as we challenge and examin our own journeys. In contemplative spirituality, the Daily Examin is not a list of sins, or screw ups. It is a time to pause, reflect, and contemplate what was good, what was meh, what can change, and where have we grown. During Lent the Daily Examin brings us into the wilderness experience, a literal example here with Ivy in this story, as we move towards the SONrise, but first, we must journey and choose.

Where is your wilderness taking you?

What needs to be released?

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