Was Ares, the Greek god of war, ready for the biggest challenge of his life?
(Dark Avengers #9 USA. Script by Brian Michael Bendis / Art by Mike Deodato)
as we already talked previously of point of view about the maternity of Brian Michael Bendistoday we will deal with analyze other wonderful comic written by the screenwriter Cleveland Focused in this case on the paternity (really: a concrete type of parenting). Represented here by Ares, the Greek god of war, in his marvelite incarnation.
In the moment in which happens the comic, we meet Ares belonging to the group of avengers (or Dark Avengers) by Norman Osborn and, what might seem to many a creative license of Bendis, to which they usually mistakenly blame inconsistencies internal at the time of write charactersdid not occur here at all, since the greek god joined what was once the Green Goblin by gaining (questionably) the latter the war of mankind against the Skrulls narrated in the event Secret invasion.
Therefore, being Ares warlord personified, he would mindlessly join the guy who understood what was going to fight the battles which, in his opinion, should be released.
On the other hand and behind their backs his young son Alex / Phobos, God of Fear joined Nick Fury at the same time to serve in the covert operations group known as Secret Warriors. Everything, incidentally, occurring in the context of the Marvel Universe of the time known as Dark Reign.
Within that context and with both characters situated, we arrive at the beginning of the story that, although it contains related subplots with other characters, we will allow ourselves the luxury of omitting them to focus on the one at hand.
A day like any begins and we are witnesses of how a serious and distressed Ares observe the his son Alexwhat more wants in this world, sleeping. until she decides wake him up to go to class in a way abrupt and inconsiderate.
soon, during breakfastboth meet watching the news. The morning news reports on the recent confrontation between the avengers of Osborn and the X-Patrol. Alex comment to Ares who has seen him By television participating in the combat and this, disagreeably He replies that in addition to participating, they beat the mutants. leaving his son speechless but at the same time, angrily urging him to hold a discussion of “Man to man”.
“WHEN GENERATIONS COLLIDE!”
Obviously, the debate no come to Nowhere. Ares loses the papers for not to understand to his son and instead of resolve the situationdecide leave by one bang for surprise of nobody and sadness of Phobos.
that’s when Alex takes a look through the floor window waiting to lose sight to your father and wait for the call from Daisy Jones / Tremor to leave with her on a motorcycle and meet the rest of secret warriors.
But they do not have a small “unimportant” detail: Ares has been spying on them sitting on his own motorcycle and start to follow them at a safe distance to find out what happens now where they go.
After the journey and after arriving first at the secret hiding (a barbershop) where they await you Nick Furia and his companions, the whole group is realized through the cameras of surveillance that Ares has discovered them and that possibly, they are in grave danger ¿ o no?
Well no, Nick Fury decides to control the situation and wait for the Warrior god be explained. first letting no one intervene when Ares asks his son why decide dedicate the time to fight with the rest of the secret warriors. then and In privatebeing the same Fury the one who decides start a conversation of “Man to man» (or god) with him.
Ares asks Nick why chose alex for his team and he explains the reasons for it, the potential what does the boy have and what virtuoso What is it. Ares knows exactly what he is talking about and remains overcovered for not having been able to express Never.
showing off really vulnerable y confessing what you have no idea of how to be good father how talk to your son and how to avoid being so horrible in it as hers was with him. because really wants to be the best father possible but, his own way of beingthe impid find the way.
“EVEN DIVINITIES FAIL”
Nick Furia ends up telling him that he couldn’t give her an advice about it but taking into account what happened, Ares approves of the path his son has decided to walk..
Later he leaves of the place not without before threaten fury (as a joke) that, muttering when the god is gone, throw an advert (prophetic) into the air that no one is willing to listen to and finally, both he and the secret warriorsThey go in search of a new hiding place from which to operate.
when we mentioned at the beginning of the article the treatment of parenting type concrete that occurred in this comicwe were referring to the representation completely accurate of a male stereotype perpetuated above all in the second half of the 20th century and that, almost probably, was forged in a world ravaged by World Wars and neighboring
It is archetype is the one of man who lives for and for workof which is usually a more than competent professional but that, precisely because of this and the time structure that make up the days of his life, he is unable to balance his afective relationships and express correctly feelings since this affects showing a nonexistent weakness more related to fears derived from the misfortunes that with masculinity or its absence.
Bendis’ great successis to have shown Ares as the spitting image from those masculine traits apprehended for years many people and have confronted them uncomfortable mirror that demonstrates your objective futility.
Making it clear, furthermore, that if we want adapt to the present And be best parents by and for the future generationswe must accept that we are fallible while we commit to understand that everything is always changing.
Not to exercise a established role from outside. Y be who we are actually.
Cover by Mike Deodato
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