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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Full book

While the cover saya "free preview" it appears to be the whole book (145 pages). My son and found this a fun read and a great conversation starter.

posted by Tom_B on July 27, 2011

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Amusing essays leading to big questions

This was a pretty solid collection, with a nice range of topics, writing styles, and target superheroes. There were instances of groan-worthy punning, and attempts at lightness that fell flat. It's the same danger with any discussion about comic books - the medium's ste...
This was a pretty solid collection, with a nice range of topics, writing styles, and target superheroes. There were instances of groan-worthy punning, and attempts at lightness that fell flat. It's the same danger with any discussion about comic books - the medium's stereotype of humor getting in the way of the content actually being presented. My particular favorite essays were: William Irwin's introduction, which resonated with me as a long-time superhero-comics reader. Mark D. White's "Lord Odin Have Mercy: Justice and Punishment in Asgard" for looking at the morals behind the superhero trope of meting Justice. Jason Southworth's "The Blackest Night for Aristotle's Account of Emotions" for putting the rainbow-colored warfare of the comics into a comparative framework that's not all about who beats whom. Jacob M. Held's "Can We Steer This Rudderless World?: Kant, Rorschach, Retributivism, and Honor" for the frank discussion of Rorschach's worldview and why he fits so well, and so poorly, in the world of Watchmen - and potentially why he's still the fan-favorite. Daniel P. Malloy's "Forgivers Assemble" - particularly interesting in conjunction with discussions of the criminal justice system that have been in the news I read lately. A nice discussion about who is allowed to forgive, and when it's permissible to have ex-supervillains on your superheroes team. Neil Mussett's "Does Peter Parker Have a Good Life?" which talks about what makes a good life, the sacrifices of a superhero life, and Peter Parker's long-standing status as what fans refer to as "the woobie" (Mussett never uses the term, but I don't know how to short-hand it any better). the NOOK Book version has clunky navigation, having "Contents" links only to the larger sections (Part One, Part Two, etc), rather than each essay being treated as a chapter. In order to jump to a specific essay (rather than a specific bookmark), I need to navigate back to the table of contents, and use the links there. (review also posted at LibraryThing)

posted by storyjunkie on October 1, 2011

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    Full book

    While the cover saya "free preview" it appears to be the whole book (145 pages). My son and found this a fun read and a great conversation starter.

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    Posted March 5, 2012

    Great Book

    If you are even remotely interested in both superheroes and philosophy, then read this book.

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    Posted May 19, 2013

    Like the cover.

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    Is a 8 year old orphan boy with brown hair and the ability to control plants he is 4' 3" and weighs 43 lbs. His birth parents were killled in a fire and he escaped to the forest where he eventually stumbled upon the avengers camp

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