Today, DC streamed live a panel called “The Aftermath: Battle & Trauma in Comics,” where Tom King (Batman, Mister Miracle, The Vision) talked with other people about trauma and PTSD and then announced that he would be writing a book for DC called Sanctuary, which would be about a superhero trauma crisis center.
“Every DC comic is full of violence. It’s fun and exciting and I love reading about that, but do we talk about the consequences of that, both on the characters and the readers, and they asked me to think about that and do something with it. And we are. We’ve created something, it’s called Sanctuary. We’re creating something where it’s sort of like a crisis center for superheroes. And it’s going to be DC wide, all the superheroes and it’s going to be a place where these superheroes who are living violent lives every single day — Batman gets in a fight every single night, five times a night.”
This is a first for, well, Marvel or DC, who tend to ignore and sweep aside the mental traumas of fighting day after day (or of anything else superheroes do, like die and come back from the dead).
To say that this is a fascinating concept is underselling it. With this idea and Tom King writing it, I really, really want to read this book right now.