The Good, The Bad, The Unusual...
Part5: THE MODERN ERA
The Dotcom boom saw the rise of a new class of metahuman: the spokeshero.
As a new generation that was slightly too young to truly internalize the fears of their parents rose to power amongst the newest corporations, so did a cult of celebrity around certain heroes that had remained in the public eye. Heroes had always been symbols in a way that an ordinary actor, athlete, model, or musician would never be, and for a time they became the representatives du jour of Wall Street.
Simply attending public events and endorsing products was perfectly legal, even after 1990, and several heroes gladly drank in the public acclaim they had been missing.
After a few years of such an unthreatening resurgence of heroes in the media, the public opinion had mellowed significantly.
The next rash of global disasters, including the one that plunged the US into the Middle East once again, showed no traceable connections to any kind of metahuman.
But many asked the question: why didn’t heroes stop it?
And the answer most came to was simply that they had not been allowed to.
In a world faced once again with a human evil seemingly insurmountable by purely human effort, the world turned its eyes to its abandoned heroes and asked for their help.
After nearly a decade of heroes once again on the ground, fighting their nations’ war, a resurgence of heroes at home has also reached a height greater than any time in the last twenty years.
It remains to be seen whether this will be a blessing for the world, or whether humanity would have been better off to let the superhuman fade back into myth…