The comic, like the film, is pretty graphic and not for the faint-at-heart. I mean, look at the cover. This is one of those instances where you really can judge the book by its cover. Despite the graphic violence, I do think that the comic has social value.
In this issue, Dave slowly recovers from the injuries he suffered while trying to be a real-life superhero. He vows never to do anything that stupid again, but like many of us, he finds himself going back and doing the one thing that he knows is really stupid. He criticizes his own stupidity as he dresses up and heads out again.
This time out, he defends someone who is getting beaten by a group of thugs. He gets beaten pretty badly, but manages to protect the person and fight off the hoods. What I found most disturbing about the scene, though, was not the violence, but the “innocent bystanders” with their cell phones, snapping pictures and video as the violence unfolds. No one bothers to step in and help, and this is a terrifyingly accurate portrayal of real life. It brought back images from the recent unrest in Turkey, particularly a photo I saw on a news site of a young woman, bleeding profusely, in obvious agony, and all around her were people with cameras and cell phones, recording her pain but refusing to assist her. I was disgusted.
Although I love social media and I think that it has revolutionized the way we interact with the world, it has also made some of us callous to suffering. We are bombarded with images of people suffering around the world. After a while, we have to tune it out. That is the dark side of social media and we must be vigilant about it.