On the anniversary of his death, the UltraCity Ledger is reprinting an excerpt from one of our most memorable interviews our beloved hero, Sovereign.
UCL: For the longest time, I’ve wondered about something. Do superheroes daydream?
SOVEREIGN: That’s a clever question. I’ve never gotten that one before. “Do superheroes daydream?” Well… hmmm… I guess daydreams are inevitable for any self aware consciousness with the capacity for imagination. Right?
UCL: I don’t think I follow.
SOV: Self awareness means understanding you are a consciousness that is unique, if not separate, from the universe you inhabit. Given imagination, the first thing you’ll do with it is imagine what you’d like to be and what the kind of universe you want to exist within. That is, essentially, a daydream. Some may stop using their imagination early on, some may keep using it as a guiding principle to shape the universe around them but they will all have done some amount of daydreaming.
UCL: Ok, I see where you’re going with that. Would you say superheroes, then, are the kind who stop using their imagination early on or keep daydreaming?
SOV: What you call “superheroes” are just a subset of conscious beings that want to make the universe a better place. The larger set includes doctors, soup kitchen volunteers, firefighters, astronauts, police officers, community planners, teachers, environmental researchers, and loving parents, just to name an infinitesimal fraction. These people–these self aware consciousnesses–use their imaginations more than most. Their imaginations give shape to the idea of what that a better universe could be. That idea becomes the impetus for them to do what they do. And anything that uses its imagination so often, so powerfully and so effectively is bound to daydream often. Sorry, I think I went on a bit of a tangent there! Short answer: if other superheroes are anything like me, they never stop daydreaming.
UCL: So what do you daydream about?
SOV: I… well… Kinda cornered me with this question, haven’t you?…. I daydream about having a regular 9 to 5 job in an office. A job where the only person looking over my shoulder to see what I’m doing is my boss. And if I make a mistake the worst that can happen to anyone is I’m fired and need to find a new job. I daydream about coming home, helping my children with their homework, eating dinner with the family and then vegging out in front of the TV with my wife. Sometimes I have a daydream in which I open the fridge, see I’m out of milk, run to the grocery store to buy some and it’s completely uneventful and no one recognizes me even though I’m not wearing a disguise.
UCL: That’s interesting.
SOV: And by “interesting” you mean I sound like a condescending ass!
UCL: No, not at all, I just meant–
SOV: It’s ok. I know that’s exactly what that sounds like to most people. It’s understandable. Here I am, someone with extraordinary abilities that gets to use them on some pretty intense adventures and I said I daydreams about being completely average. I don’t blame you for thinking I’m being a jerk or trying to look good in an interview. But I assure you, it’s neither. That’s just honestly what I daydream about. A lot.
UCL: Why do you think that is?
SOV: We all want something that’s out of our reach, or at least vastly different from our daily existence. Those things are like rocket fuel for fantasies. What is average to the majority of people is light years away my daily existence. I can fly to the moon on a whim but I can’t catch a matinee at the local multiplex in my sweatpants without crowd control and ignoring the voices I hear around town calling for help. So I find myself daydreaming about a world in which I could do that kind of stuff. But, don’t feel sorry for me! If I was living that other life, I’d probably be daydreaming about this one. That’s part of how the universe works, I guess.
[Sovereign created by my partner in comic book crime, Michael Powell. He also provided the sweet artwork! Remember you can see more of our stuff, including a story with Sovereign II, son of the character in this story, at revengercomic.com – Ro]