J.R.R. Tolkien, the demiurge of fantastic fiction as we know it, coined a characteristically lovely and melancholy term for stories like this, in which good-hearted characters endure in a fight for a victory over evil they know they will never enjoy, even if they live to achieve it. “Together through the ages of the world,” says the elf-queen Galadriel in The Lord of the Rings, “we have fought the long defeat.”
Stumbled upon this through a shared link in my Facebook timelines. Sean Collins wrote a wonderful succinct and accurate description on the quality and amount of cataclysmic destruction that’s been going on in the Hellboy universe these past few years or so. We’re taking grand-scale, irreversible, deliberately hopeless stuff. I struggle sometimes to put into words, to bottle concepts and ideas into a form I can communicate to others, this is a great place to start. By all means, check out the good man’s read.