EDITORIAL: Can Mainstream Comic Books Be Socially Relevant?

EDITORIAL: Can Mainstream Comic Books Be Socially Relevant?

Superhero comic books have always served as a popular lens through which we can view our own society. They have chronicled characters’ journeys through (largely) American history in the years leading up to and through some of the largest armed conflicts in human history, intense social turmoil, and the present malaise that has afflicted much of the world as nation after nation faces economic crises and austerity measures. With that longevity and their place in…

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Freedom Loses in Civil War

Freedom Loses in Civil War

Should superheroes be anonymous, or should they register with the US government?  This is the central question of Marvel’s Civil War. I was aware of this event when it began in 2007. It was, however, several years before I would read it through from beginning to end. The story, in short, is that a bunch of reality show superheroes wind up inadvertently causing the death of over 700 civilians, leading the government to push for universal registration of masked vigilantes….

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