Mythmaking for the contemporary era.
“Science fiction, incubated inside genre walls for so long, has burst out of its cell to infect everything. Science fiction lives in the mainstream now, in all strata of culture, to the point where we barely even notice any more—it’s just part of the fabric of the modern world. The superhero is part science fiction and part crime story, both of which are forms of social fiction. It’s been said, a lot, that the superhero is ad hoc mythmaking for the contemporary era. And a fraught and culture-shocked society needs and demands rescue stories. Look at how both UFO sightings and angel sightings peaked in the run-up to the millennium: a wish to seek and solve the mystery of the Other that might swoop down from the sky to save us.”
— Warren Ellis.