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When Hal Jordan in grief succumbed to Parallax and killed the GL Corps

Heroes in Crisis for the uninitiated is the 9 part mini-series by Tom King and Clay Mann put out by DC Comics. It is about mental health, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, a feeling the Post-Traumatic Growth is coming…and a little place called Sanctuary. Oh and there is a temporal murder mystery as well. What is not to love as walls of stigma are shattered by the biggest heroic names of Flash, Wonder Woman, Superman and Batman?

The mystery is deepening as Blue & Gold (Booster Gold & Blue Beetle) meet up with the Dynamicker Duo (Harley Quinn & Batgirl) on the run and trying to sort out the truth (spoiler: the body of Wally West was 5 days older than the day it was found).

Wally’s story is unfolding of his weeks in Sanctuary treatment, 1, 2, 3, 4. It is a real time look at what happens when one opens themselves up to the healing process. There is a euphoria of the good, a leveling out, a time of more intense sorrow than can be explained (tears are healing)…and then it is like being in the eye of a Related imageHurricane…and eerie calm that you just cannot explain but are waiting for the other shoe to drop.

It creates a different kind of anxiety within your system. It is not driven by flashbacks, grief, physical-emotional-mental pain. It is literally driven by the fear that you are becoming you again.

That the trauma you are moving through, you are growing and changing for the better. Healing.

In that healing though the new grief anxiety grows as you realize that change is coming. Change triggers grief. Your entire system is used to running in the PTSD heightened sense of being, and it is possible to baseline back to you. Can you handle it?

What does it mean to no longer have your pain control you? But to integrate it healthily and move forward?

In Wally West’s case, returned from the Speed Force or where ever he was trapped due to Flashpoint and the New 52…it is the healing fear, of moving on from not having his family, Linda (his lightning rod) and Jai/Iris (his kids) and all the Flash family. As he noted in an earlier issue, “I am starting to forget”.

The healing crossroads, to choose the new life, or abide in the pain trauma or to simply cease. For those who may not get the rhythm of healing this issue could appear quite uninspired, but it is in its pacing that the true ending of stigma of mental health abides.

Thank you to my hunni for the gift of issue #7, cannot wait until next month and the month after (for the finale)…then guess I need a new series to read 🙂

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Image result for Heroes in Crisis #6How do you go forward when your world says you have brought hope, but your lightning rod is missing? This is the question Wally West raises in Heroes in Crisis #6 as he works through his trauma of returning to a world where his wife and kids do not exist. Where many of his friends remember him and the hope his return brings, he is empty inside.

The mystery deepens as to who has taken the Sanctuary for healing, into a web of murderous destruction. The psyche of many heroes and villains is explored in looking at what is holding them back from being whole.

It opens with questions around how many lives saved. Reflect on that, how does one judge a heroic life? How do you judge your own success in life? Is it through numbers, money, things, people?

What spells out success for you?

It is through this line of questioning that the character of Roy Harper Image result for Heroes in Crisis #6(Speedy/Arsenal/Red Arrow) emerges. The former young sidekick of Green Arrow; former heroin addict, single dad, former member of the Outlaws and Teen Titans. He is at Sanctuary working through his stuff, when this questions arises.

His answer speaks to the simplicity within my own life as to why I help:

“None of this, not one ounce is counting who you save. This all of it, is about doing what you can. It’s about getting off your couch. That’s all. Just get the &*#@ off the couch.”

-Roy Harper (Heroes in Crisis #6)

Like contentment, success and self-worth are intrinsic and discovered within. Not due to external factors. We do what we are called to do, we also need space to heal and be who we are meant to be. Heroes in Crisis is an in your face look at the toll of being on the front lines making this world better, and could easily be the story of many front line helpers that the world far too easily discards. The statement most heard when a helper needs aid from the world is, “its your job, do it or get out.” Instead of, “it’s a journey, let’s take a break and learn to heal so we can help others better.”

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Where is your journey taking you?

 

 


Related imageThe Heroes in Crisis mini series has been excellent. Well paced with the super hero action, and the crime mystery noir feel of mystery to it. Who invaded Sanctuary? Who did the spree killing? Who removed the safe space for heroes to heal? These are the underlying questions.

But then the questions erupt even more as the mysterious Puddler has leaked the story to the media of Sanctuary. Lois Lane can only sit on the story for so long, and as issue 4 came to a close, it was revealed the story was going out.

This is the opening to issue 5. As Booster Gold and Harley Quinn, partnered with Blue Beetle and Bat-girl respectively seek out answers. Flash and Batman deep dive into this weird mystery.

Superman and Wonder Woman address the press. It is a timely tale within the week of Belle’s Let’s Talk, a social media initiative to remove stigma of mental health. It reveals that there is much more needed than simply social media awareness raising. It is a concerted effort by governments around the world to appropriately fund mental health care equally, and as part of universal health care. It is understanding what is happening, that it is shifting how one experiences the world. It takes courage to live differently, but it also takes courage to understand when one needs help, to seek that help out and to heal.

This is what Superman addresses to the world. The fear that they human citizens are feeling knowing that metas are struggling with trauma, and PTSD. The thoughts of someone that can level cities now being afflicted with what has been mistaken for violence trigger. It is a key piece of Superman’s press conference, and something everyone needs to understand with any first respondents, front line workers:

“The nightmares, the nightmares they will forever endure. Yes Sanctuary exists. It exists to help these heroes recover from this pain, to help them recognize themselves under these scars, to help them wake from these nightmares. But its existence, it should not scare you. On the contrary it should comfort you. This suffering, is needed for healing. It is not the mark of a madman. It is the wound of a warrior. It’s a sign. A sign of their love…”

-Superman, Heroes in Crisis #5

Will you live in fear of the unknown, or know that by someone opening up they will discover whey they are under the scars, and discover love of life once more.