See, my professor was really getting into the structure of the hero epic, and the multiple trials s/he goes through in his/her journey. He talked about the common conventions and patterns that the hero epic employs, like the Hero Overcoming a Monster or the Hero Finding a Sidekick.
And all this got me thinking: THIS IS TOTALLY COMIC BOOKS, so I present to you. . . The Amazing Spider-Man #'s 492-495. . .
. . . as a hero epic. Here are a few common tropes in hero epics as they show up the "Digger" storyarc of Amazing Spider-Man. Some background here is that there's a new villain made up of the gamma-irradiated body parts of dead mobsters from the 70s.
And it's out for revenge on the mobster who ordered their hits.
I love comic books. So. Freakin'. Much.
ONE: The hero is initiated into a journey
TWO: The hero doesn't slay the monster from the start:
And lastly for today's post. . .
THREE: The hero must face and overcome temptation:
It doesn't have to be with webs, but it's certainly an option!
I could tell you how this four-issue arc was really important, because it was the one where Peter and MJ started working on their marriage, which they totally had, but that just opens up a can of webs that I can't close. PLUS: webs are icky.