The Book Club hype train continues with our second Official DC Book Club of the year! But watch out…this month’s books are shockingly good!
In celebration of Black History Month, this month’s Book Club reading is Static Shock!: Rebirth of the Cool! Written by the extremely talented Dwayne McDuffie, these books follow the adventures of Static as he comes out of a (very) early retirement to gear up for another epic battle. Will our shocking hero shake off the dust and win the day? Only one way to find out…Running from February 14th to March 11th, this Book Club is one you won’t want to miss!
This series is FREE to read for registered users all month long!
For this Book Club, we’ll be going through each book week by week:
Static Shock: Rebirth of the Cool 1
Feb. 14 - 20
Static Shock: Rebirth of the Cool 2
Feb. 21 - 27
Static Shock: Rebirth of the Cool 3
Feb. 28 - March 6
Static Shock: Rebirth of the Cool 4
March 7 - 11
Here are some thought-starter/discussion questions to kick things off:
Static Shock: Rebirth of the Cool 1 Discussion Questions
How do you feel about one of Static’s lines in the opening pages of this first issue: “well, most things seem better in memory than they really were”? Does this resonate with you?
What are your thoughts on a hero’s responsibility to protect the public vs balancing their personal lives? As an element of many superheroes’ storylines, do you think they owe it to the world to fight evil?
On page 19, Static revisits a memory in which he feels like he should have done more to save someone…how do you think guilt effects not only Static Shock, but other superheroes as well? Do you think it’s a motivating factor?
How important do you think it is for younger superheroes to have world perspective and experience? What do you think is the best piece of advice for a young superhero to hear?
In a similar vein as Static’s final line of the issue: If you don’t start none, there won’t be none…what would be your superhero one-liner?
Static Shock: Rebirth of the Cool 2 Discussion Questions
- How do you feel about the quote at the start of issue #2? “What the hell good does it do anybody to keep hope alive when there’s no hope at all?” Do you think hope ever really dies out?
- On page 15, Static says “I gave it everything I had and all I ever hear from people is what I should’ve done.” Do you think this is a regular occurrence for superheroes or do you think that people are being incredibly harsh on Static?
- All of the heroes in the series have fairly literal names. Iota, Static, Hardware, Iron Butterfly. Would you have named them differently?
- Static uses a trash can lid to fly around the city. Which object would you use if you were in his place?
- The final page sets up issue #3 to be a crossover with Hardware. Do you think that Static and Hardware are a good duo?
Static Shock: Rebirth of the Cool 3 Discussion Questions
- A theme throughout this series has been the current heroes living up to both their own expectations and the expectations of others. How do you think having a seemingly perfect group like the Tower Family set the standard for superheroes would affect other superheroes who come after them?
- Hardware explains that the Bang Babies received their powers when the Q-Juice they inhaled changed reality to reflect their thoughts. Do you think that knowing this would be hard to hear for characters like Payback, who changed into monstrous forms due to the Big Bang?
- How do you think Q-Juice would affect you (assuming you survived it), or how would you want it to?
- Before they assault the villains’ lair, Static gives the heroes a pep talk in which he tells them that even though “they’re not the most powerful heroes in the world”, they’re “as good at this as anybody’s ever been”. What do you think this says about what it really means to be a superhero, and that it’s Static giving the talk and not someone older and more experienced like Hardware?
- Static’s guilt over the death of a fellow superhero led to him retiring, while Tower’s own death has led to him committing horrible acts to make himself stronger. What do you think this says about their characters, and what being a hero really means?
Static Shock: Rebirth of the Cool 4 Discussion Questions
The opening quote from Frederick Douglass states that tyrants only have power as long as those they oppress endure them, which is a sentiment that Static echoes later when speaking to Tower. Do you think this is true just for superheroes, or for everyone?
Do you think Static’s attempt to reason with Tower was genuine, or just a ruse to buy time?
Tower tells Virgil that he was only good because it suited his ends. Do you think this is accurate, or was his perspective changed by his death and resurrection and then draining powers from Bang Babies?
How many of the heroes in the splash page attack scene did you recognize?
The series concludes with Virgil deciding to be a superhero whenever he’s called, but maybe not full time. Do you think this is a healthier “work/life” balance for him, and shows that he’s moved on from the burden and guilt that caused him to retire earlier?
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