Jun 20, 2018

The 40 Years of Comics Project - Day 1211: Enigma #6, July 1993


You know how all superheroes seem to have really brutal, violent back stories? The Enigma is no exception. And we're only getting some of it. Just wait 'til the rest is revealed.

Things are heating up, but Michael is starting to take more control of matters. He stops the Enigma from killing Envelope Girl, and manages to find the mysterious man's secret lair. Of course, what they do once Michael gets there probably comes as a surprise. But, from the last few panels of today's comic, it's a nice surprise.

The title of this chapter is "The End of the World." And it really is. Not necessarily in the narrative sense it's meant, speaking about the Enigma's world, more on which next issue. But it's also about Michael's world. I teach my students that language can actually change the world, and nowhere is this more apparent than in one's own understanding of oneself. Once you have a way of describing yourself, you know yourself better. And without such language to name oneself, a person can spend a lot of time searching for a better world. Once you find it, once you find that name for yourself, your old world ends, and a new one begins. It'll be just as hard, but you might not feel so uncomfortable in it.


More to come...

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