grant morrison post-SEVEN SOLDIERS
That’s the great strength of superhero comics – internal psychological conflicts can become actualized. Inner dramas can be played out as literal, world-shaking battles. Impersonal forces like Greed and Guilt can be personified and metaphors can stalk the land wreaking havoc – so, in Seven Soldiers we have the Shining Knight’s interpretation of Guilt as an actual monster, or Shilo Norman seeing his own life from the outside, in the form of an anthropomorphic shadow which surrounds him and limits his free movement and growth with its boundaries and expectations. ‘Seven Soldiers’, seen from that perspective, is all about superheroes on the couch, trying to deal with all the strange and unusual feelings they’ve been having these last few decades, and it’s no coincidence that so many characters in the book are seen attending self-help groups or undergoing therapy. There’s also the matter of my own tendency towards severe and crippling depression, and the way in which I use my work in comics to unearth, personify, and come to terms with a lot of painful and difficult emotions. I’d like to think that these comics allow us to discuss things like hope and failure, love and loss, confusion and certainty, by effecting the alchemical transformation of hurt and self-doubt into wonder.