Seven Critics of Victory: Manhattan Guardian #2

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By Alex Lu

In many ways, The Guardian mini-series is a story about power. When exploring the first issue, we tackled the way power is expressed through economics and class. Now, as we tackle The Guardian #2, I want to zoom out a little bit and talk about the way this comic posits that power works in a broader sense. In simple terms, Morrison’s story here posits that power resides in the stories we tell one another. The stories we believe in most govern our reality, regardless of whether or not they are true.

When Jake, the eponymous Guardian, confronts No-Beard on a commandeered subway train in The Guardian #2, No-Beard describes the subway pirates as “the failures and the %$%#-ups you don’t like to think about. The crazy, lost and homeless.” On the surface world, a land dominated by people of fabulous means and traditionally respected knowledge…

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