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The adventures of Martin MystĖre take a decidedly unique approach to the concept of heroism, especially within the context of comic books. Most comic book heroes follow a routine whereby an enemy designs yet another evil scheme to take over the world or to kill the protagonist, the hero finds out about it or is sometimes ambushed by said enemy, an obligatory suspense sequence leaves the reader wondering whether our hero will fail or possibly *GASP* die this time, before some preposterous coincidence or superhuman attribute saves the protagonist's life and defeats the enemy. The enemies in mainstream comics are rarely allowed to die as well, since their existence provides potential for an equally dire plot for the coming issue. The characters of the hero or the enemies rarely change or develop, the stories therefore consist largely of the rather predictable interplay of equally predictable elements.

The adventures of Martin MystĖre, much like anime cartoons, prove to be highly antithetical to western comic book culture. MystĖre appears to be rather human, with his weaknesses occasionally causing great distress and sometimes grave danger.

It is for this reason that, when compared to the likes of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, the Black Cat, Spawn, Rogue, Wolverine, or Beavis and Butthead, Martin MystĖre appears to be perhaps the only truly hypertextual hero western comic book culture has to offer.