“Superheroism is a kind of transvestism; our superdrag serves at once to obscure the exterior self that no longer defines us while betraying, with half-unconscious panache, the truth of the story we carry in our hearts, the story of our transformation, of our story‚Äôs recommencement, of our rebirth into the world of adventure, of story itself.”

Read the whole essay, “Secret Skin,” in the online New Yorker, here.