Off THEIR Minds: Should Adult Heroes be Responsible for Teenage Heroes?
Depends- in X-Men #168, Wolverine makes the point in an exchange with Nghtcrawler that as late as the 19th century, boys of twelve went to sea as midshipmen on sailing vessels(esp battleships) and were expected to comport themselves as officers and adults and that Kitty Pryde( who by Professor Xavier's orders was to be transferred from the ranks of the X-Men to the "New Mutants" as he believed that full time superheroics was too risky for her based on her then age) could just as easily be killed or injured leading a "normal" life. Given that some heroes are not only legal minors but below the age of even puberty(Franklin Richards, the various members of Power Pack), I'd say that age is highly subjective; like wartime, there is nothing like gaining superpowers to make a youngster grow up
(maybe TOO quickly) but as a young Peter Parker found out- with great powers come great responsibility!
I would say they are only directly responsible as long as the mentor and the youth forms a partnership (Batman & Robin for instance), but if the partnership ends on the kids terms then so does the mentors responsibility (Batman and Nightwing).
Yes. And the reason I say that is that superheroes are responsible for EVERYONE being safe. They are protectors of their city, world, dimension...etc....
Teenage superheroes are part of that.
Again, another good point
By allowing younglings to work with them, it sets a bad example to the kids in the comic-verse that "hey, maybe they to can be a superhero". But, if the hero doesnt get involved, the kid hero will most likely die. Plus, the hero really can not stop the kid from running around playing hero either. Plus, Batman started when he was much younger that most other heroes.
Without the heroes involvemnt, chances are the kid will die. With the heroes help he'll still die, but eventually come back.
To expand on what I wrote: if an adult superhero is somehow supporting a teenager to become or maintain a superhero identity, then they should be held responsible if something happens to the kid that the adult could have prevented either through better support and training (ala Spoiler) or stopping them from going out in the first place.
On the other hand, the real question remains what to do about the teenagers that have no ties to any adult superheroes, the Cyborg's, Starfire's and Raven's.
While on the subject, in regards to the New Teen Titans; who would be blamed in the end if one of the original team had died early on? Raven for picking this person and bringing them onto this team? Or the JLA (more specifically Zatanna) for turning her away?
It depends on how the book is written. If it's more lighthearted where the kids aren't going to get written off and die horribly then little adult character supervision is needed.
But as most books have a much more serious tone then the answer is yes, absolutely. Blood relation or affiliation does not matter. If a kid pops up in their city and they know about it and do nothing then they are complicit in the kids death if the kid dies. The heroes are supposed to be protecting people, especially the innocent. So they need to either get a kid off the street that doesn't belong being a vigilante. Or they need to train that kid or arrange training.
I think the Young Justice tv series did a great job of balancing adult hero supervision and training with kid independence as well as many other aspects of the superhero genre.
As they said, if the adult hero has a sidekick, then yes, they should be, and they are responsible for them. Let's take Batman and Robin, and same with Captain America and Bucky. If Cap brought teenage behind the enemy lines, and Bucky got killed, then it's all on Cap. Not that these kid sidekicks cannot take care of themselves, but, you know. Hey, Batman, you allowed two Robins to get killed, how 'bout that? And hey, Cap, you're actually the lucky one, since your sidekick is still alive after aff those years. So yeah, defenitely they should take responsibility for their kid heroes.
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