I would like to think that my eight year old son and I share a lot of common bonds, but one of the greatest is our love for comic books.
He and I spend a lot of time discussing the characters and talking about our favorites. This usually turns into the inevitable "who would win in a fight" and we debate the possible outcomes of scuffles between Batman and Captain America or Superman and the Incredible Hulk
(For the record, Cap trumps Batman and Hulk beats Man of Steel).
The discussions of late, however, have gotten extremely interesting.
The other day, my son (eight years old mind you) asked me if I thought that the comic book "X-Men" was created to spur talk about the American civil rights movement in the 1960s.
Turns out he picked up a book series at the local library that puts comic characters and their story lines into historical perspective. I was very impressed (and slightly humbled).
I question how long it will take, however, when I am asked why the sight of Wonder Woman running around in her stars and stripes outfit makes him feel funny inside.
I am still trying to answer that one myself.