Latvia’s Graffiti Super-Heroes Are Depressingly Awesome
One of the best things about being a comics journalist (aside from the ample opportunities to talk about Batman) is that people will occasionally send me strange, wonderful things. Such is the case with an email I got from ComicsAlliance reader Zak, who sent over a set of pictures of super-hero graffiti decorating the streets of Riga, Latvia depicting some of our favorite characters undergoing some pretty hard times:
That's right, everybody: Hobo Superman has just gone international! But he's just the tip of the iceberg -- check out the rest of Latvia's down-and-out heroes after the jump!
I've read an awful lot of Batman comics, and I'm pretty sure this is the first time I've ever seen him hanging out with three dudes in Adidas track suits, but now that I have, I'll be damned if I don't want these guys to play a major role in "Batman Inc." As to why the Caped Crusader looks so down, I originally had trouble figuring out just why he was so bummed...
...until Zak provided a close-up of showing that someone's parked their late-'90s BMW on his crime-fighting partner, Superman. Whether this was before or after he was cooking hot dogs with his heat vision remains to be seen.
Aw, don't be sad, off-model Captain America! I'm sure there's a bootleg toy version that looks just like you out there somewhere!
I'd just like to point out here that someone took the time and effort to spraypaint a not-at-all-bad recreation of a scene from "RoboCop 2" on a building. I want to meet the person who did this, because we would be super best friends for ever.
And finally, it's The Saddest Hulk Ever:
According to Zak, this one's a few blocks away from the others, which gives him hope that there are sad super-heroes all over the city. So for our readers in Latvia, see if you can any out there on the streets of Riga! And for our readers in Latveria, well, it's probably best if you don't go out looking for stuff like this. We hear super-hero themed vandalism is punishable by Doombot over there.