See past and present meet in 6 stirring superhero silhouettes

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Apr 29, 2019, 7:31 AM EDT (Updated)

San Francisco artist and illustrator Khoa Ho captures the founding essence of heroic characters caught between the shades and shadows of their lives in this striking series of images. 

Ho takes the stark silhouettes of Batman, Superman, Wolverine, Iron Man, Spider-Man and the Flash, reduces each icon to a simple archetype, then melds them with the defining incidents of their past, revealing how they're inextricably linked to the complexities of their present selves.

Whoa.  Heavy stuff!

Here's what the artist had to say about his compelling concept:

In this poster series I took a dive into the origins of these individuals and who they were before they became superheroes to remind us that despite the trials of our past, what we choose to do moving forward is much more important to us and the world we share.
Which of the moving portraits do you think best illuminates the hero's particular past?