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  1. oh cool, I caught up.

  2. Learned something new. Never heard of a Calling Hour. Is it a regional thing? I’ve been to wakes and to church funerals and graveside prayers. No one ever informed me they were having a Calling Hour here in the northeastern US.

  3. I had also never heard the phrase “calling hours”. Had to Google it. I’ve only ever heard it called a viewing or a wake.

  4. Good grief (no pun intended). Mark and Abby need a cover story? What happened to a private ceremony actually being private?

  5. Windstar probably had at least a few friends who didn’t know he was a superhero. That’s why they need a cover story.

  6. “To protect his loved ones.” So protect them, don’t keep them in the dark. Unless one of them is J. Jonah Jameson, then never mind.

  7. Calling hours is an old medieval Catholic practice. If I’m not mistaken it’s where people stand vigil over the body, every hour they would say a prayer or sing a hymn (calling the hour). This was to protect the body/ spirit from evil before the funeral service. While for normal people it would be unnecessary for a super it would be understandable.

  8. They do go all out for each other in the superhero community, don’t they? I wonder what Mark would have done catharsis-wise if Windstar’s death had been under less violent circumstances.

  9. Let’s hope nobody witnessed Crusader destroying some innocent human’s car. That would be bad PR.

  10. I looked up ‘calling hours.’ Turns out it’s not the funeral or the wake, but what’s also known as the visitation-going to see the deceased in the mortuary in the days before the funeral.

  11. One equalizing factor about this funeral: superheroes realizing they’re no less mortal (just more durable) than “ordinary” people like their spouses and relatives (unless they have superspouses and superrelatives, and that’s me thinking too much). BTW, has anyone ever thought of setting up terms like “metahuman” that are less, well, elitist-y? I once thought of “neo-abled persons,” which is admittedly pandering to the PC-ish, but still.

    Vergie: perhaps for situations like this, Crusader has set up a “berserker supervillain” ID to vent his wrath. Alternately, he drove the car into the desert before Marking out. Wrecking the damn thing at superspeed wouldn’t give catharsis a chance to set in.

    Fanpersons: like rich people, we really are different.

  12. @k.alan mcdougall: It’s just this side of impossible, even in fiction. Terms get their connotations from how they’re used, what they’re used to mean, and what people feel about what they’re used to mean. The term “Gimpy” and related fell out of favor because it was demeaning. The replacement (not demeaning when it started…) was “Crippled”. A little while later, the term “Crippled” (and related) fell out of favor because it was demeaning. What’s done the most for perceptions of people without the standard set of limbs or senses are the increased prevelance of things like wheelchairs, ramps, elevators, speech recognition software, machines that reduce the amount of total manual labor in the first place, and the various other things that help compensate for not having the standard set. The term doesn’t matter. Unless most people have abilities above and beyond the standard set (in which case, they become part of the standard set…), those with them are going to be fundamentally set apart, be they lauded or reviled, they will not be spoken of as normal. Sure, you can change the term… but unless you change the underlying foundation, the new term will take on the exact same connotations as the old one soon enough. The only times a term shift is not a waste of effort is when one or more of the following is true:
    1) The foundation has changed (or is changing) and you want to speed up societal acceptance of that fact.
    2) You’re not actually doing it for the benefit of the people to whom the term applies; you’re doing it to get support of one form or another from people who think the current term is derogotory.
    3) A number of situations I haven’t thought of (what? I’m lazy).

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