One of my favorite quotes is from Kobi Yamada, “Sometimes you just have to take the leap and build your wings on the way down.” I use this often. When I don’t understand something, or I’m confused on what to do in a situation, sometimes I’ll just take a leap of faith. I know nothing is written in stone and things can change so easily. So, if I make a mistake there are ways to change and make corrections. If I burn the cookies, then I’ll just start over.
“We’re from another time brought here to save our world…Believe me, it sometimes makes as little sense to us, too.” - Firebrand*
The golden age hero, Firebrand, was really a rich socialite, Rod Reilly. He had many adventures with the Original Justice Society. Eventually he was injured during Pearl Harbor. His sister Danette Reilly was in Hawaii studying volcanoes when she was kidnapped by the evil Per Degaton and Wotan. Trying to escape she was struck my magical lightning and fell into a pit of lava. She survived and found she could control heat and create fiery blasts. After her brother Rod was killed by the Dragon King, Danette took his place as Firebrand.
Raise your hand if you have ever done something on faith? Did it make sense. Did you understand the mechanics, electricity, reciprocals, or the meringues? Sometimes we just follow the recipe or the directions and everything works out. In comic books this happens all the time. The comic is read, and it is a fun story, but it makes no sense. The point here is we do things everyday that makes very little sense. Yes we can seek the answers but what happens we get more confused. Sometimes it is better to just follow the directions and have fun waiting for the meringue.
First Appearance as Rod Reilly: Police Comics #1, August 1941, Quality Comics
Creators: S.M. Iger & Reed Crandall
First Appearance as Danette Reilly: Justice League of America, #193, August 1981, DC Comics
Creators: Roy Thomas, Jerry Ordway & Rich Buckler
*”Oblivion Upon Us”, Crisis on Infinite Earths #3, 1985