Heroes Among Us
Jun 25, 2014 08:30AM
● By Mike
Letter from the Editor July.
In my small hometown, my mom would comb the aisles of Bryant’s grocery store — freshly clipped coupons in hand — while I made my way across the stark-white tiled floors to my special “along-for-the-ride” hangout. Tucked between the freezer section and the checkout stand was my own fortress of solitude. As I look back, I realize that magazine stand drew me in like, dare I say, a hero to a damsel in distress.
There, within reach of my tiny mitts, yet beyond the reach of my imagination, was a world of wonder direct from the uncanny mind of Stan Lee. As she rounded the corner to pay for our weekly forage, Mom always knew where to find me: engrossed in the lives and journeys of Batman, The Green Lantern, Iron Man, Captain America and the X-Men..
With all his gallant gadgetry, Batman was an early favorite. For the very same reasons, Iron Man was another must-read. For these heroes of mine, there was no superhuman backstory, no gamma-ray mutated abilities. They were just two guys living among us with their own flaws, yet they had the courage (and cash) to make a difference.
The human side of being superhuman has always been an attractive storyline (especially when Linda Carter’s red boots happen to be thrown in for good measure). Needless to say, I was excited to learn that Southlake also had some champions of the cul-de-sac. A power couple, one dressed in appropriate shades of green, whose children happened to share the same elementary school as my own.This month, Reggie and Amy Rolle, stars from the hit television series “Power Rangers Lost Galaxy,” share the backstory of how they became a power family that just happened to land in Southlake. I can’t help but wonder, “Where do they shop for groceries?”