Bad guys are bad because they’re bad. But does it serve us for them to be that way?
This short critique of the Twentieth-Century villain—both in comic books and elsewhere—presents examples of how our idea of the villain has only seen limited growth. Through graphs and sharp design, we are challenged to think about how a too-simple idea of a bad guy may be hurting us, and presented with advantages of a better model.
This work is the beginning of a larger series discussing heroes and villains in our culture, and how these concepts help or hurt as we move into a new era.
Derek Patton Pearcy is the author of Hero Worship, a novel about trust and fear and superpowers, available now from the iBookstore.