"Missing You; Metropolis" by Gary Jackson

"The old comics were never wrong. Right always defended by the hero-polished like Adonis" - from the poem 'The Secret Art of Reading a Comic' (Jackson, 35)  

"Missing You, Metropolis" by Gary Jackson is a book of poetry that explores superheroes in relation to the humanity found in the world. This book of poetry is for anyone who loves good poetry, philosophy, and of course superheroes.

When I heard Gary Jackson read the words "I find myself hoping that the tiniest drop of blood  will bloom on your finger"  (Jackson, 38) from the poem 'The Dilemma of Lois Lane'  at the Writing in Place Conference sponsored by the Hub City Press I sat transfixed yet my thoughts started racing on what it meant. 

For a bookworm who is also a geek girl and also someone who enjoys philosophy, this book of poetry was a dream come true
"Missing You, Metropolis"
Author Gary Jackson
www.washburn.edu

"Missing You, Metropolis" by Gary Jackson deals with real life issues and problems we face in todays society under the guise of fantasy and superheroes. 

It takes us outside the colored lines of the graphic novels past the ending of fantasy to truth. 

Gary Jackson brings to the mind of his readers questions of what we would do if we were superhuman. As a philosopher he paints with his words where the mortal element of immortal superheroes exist. He brings up our social responsibility, what social justice means, and what our social responsibility really means. 

The poems bring to light all that we know yet don't see in the graphic novels. For example,  what would it like to be married to someone who will never have to worry about being hurt enough to bleed? If you were in the position of  Lois Lane would you feel any hidden resentment that might eventually eat away at the relationship causing it to end?

In the poem "Magneto Eyes Strange Fruit" (Jackson, 60) Gary Jackson asks what you would do if you were Magneto and saw acts of violence take place in regards to racism? 


How would you feel if you saw Spiderman swinging between buildings with his superhuman abilities yet, without a care in the world? "I wonder if Spider-Man ever has to wait for traffic lights" (Jackson, 26). 

Finally, in the self titled  poem "Missing You, Metropolis" Gary Jackson takes us to a time when Batman is has aged and the author observes "I'm surprised he hasn't retired" (Jackson, 47).

While reading the book of poetry, I wondered if there was really a difference between being superhuman and human. "Missing You, Metropolis" by  Gary Jackson smashes the idealistic view of being superhuman by making real what was previous fantasy and idealism. 

With the title, by the end  of the collection of poetry, one longs for or misses the idea that being superhuman means being perfect. 

To have superhuman powers does not mean that real life doesn't have it's problems and immortality is guaranteed. By the end of the book, I came  to the conclusion that the idea of being superhuman means to be human.  

Gary Jackson with his wonderful piece of art demystifies our modern day legends. His words and meaning echo the message that superheroes are subject to the same problems as humans. You will miss "Metropolis" as you read as you  discover we cannot wait for Magneto, Batman, Superman, or  Spiderman to save us or make the world a better place. In the end, there is no difference between "super" and a hero except in our imagination.  ;D