So, anyway, onto the book - the plot concerns Hourman II fighting Bane, who has kidnapped Hourman I, citing an unusual connection between Miraclo and Venom. In the midst of exposition, Bane informs Hourman I that
"(Your son) said that he beat his addiction to your Wonder Drug by 'accepting his own weakness'"It's later repeated towards the end. First quibble - recovery is not about admitting weakness but powerlessness. If someone enters, say, Alcoholics Anonymous, they are admitting that they have a problem - that they cannot use alcohol. If they do, they go down a spiral, much like a Jellinek scale. So, they admit that they are powerless over alcohol - they can't have just one. As they progress, yes, they admit their faults and do what they can to make amends, but they don't admit weakness. A later quote from Hourman II that he "conquered...drug addiction" is a misnomer. Addicts and alcoholics don't say that they conquered, and if I remember my AA Big Book, alcoholism is a disease that is "arrested, but never cured."
It's another moment - one that parallels many criticisms of groups like Alcoholics Anonymous - that rings false. It's when Hourman II takes a "time out" to pray to his Higher Power to trigger his time vision. In recovery, a "Higher Power" isn't prayed to like Santa Claus - most addicts/alcoholics/co-dependents feel as if they are "in control". Relying on a "Higher Power" isn't asking for results, but allowing things to play out with a certain amount of faith. It's also a false recovery presented, as Hourman II
- not only relies on a "non-addictive" form of Miraclo, but
- gives his father - another addict - a Miraclo pill to end the story.
In addition, if the rumors are true, Hourman II will be "married" to Jesse Quick/Liberty Belle, and I like the idea. Two second-generation legacy heroes, each who had their own period of exile from the super-hero community...it looks to be interesting.
Hopefully, Tony Bedard can do a little more research before writing it.