Monday, August 15, 2011
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War, Politics and Superheroes: Ethics and Propaganda in Comics and Film Book Review
About the Book: Superhero adventure comics have a long history of commenting upon American public opinion and government policy, and the surge in the popularity of comics since the events of September 11, 2001, ensures their continued relevance. This critical text examines the seventy-year history of comic book superheroes on film and in comic books and their reflections of the politics of their time. Superheroes addressed include Batman, Wonder Woman, Spider-Man, Superman, the Fantastic Four and the X-Men, and topics covered include American wars, conflicts, and public policy.
Our Take: When I first picked-up this title I wasn't sure what I'd find. I'm a lifelong comic book fan...ok obsessed nut, lol. There isn't a comic book film or cartoon I haven't seen and I'm familiar with most all major and even minor characters. This book takes a very thoughtful approach into the realm of comic books to reflect on the archetypes and politics within the stories. Some might say that this was looking a bit too in-depth into something that is intended for fun, but I disagree. This book examines the real world influence on the vast storytelling that has gone into these characters for decades. The respect given to this world was refreshing. This book is an A+!
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