The Law of Superheroes

The Law of Superheroes

Book - 2013
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Two brave heroes take on the comic multiverse, wielding the greatest superpower of all- the power of law!

Could Superman sue if someone exposed his identity as Clark Kent? Is X-ray vision a violation of search and seizure laws? Is the Joker legally insane? And who foots the bill when a hero destroys a skyscraper or two while defending Metropolis?

Lawyers by day and comic book enthusiasts by night, James Daily and Ryan Davidson explain and explore the hypothetical legal ramifications of comic book tropes, characters, and powers, down to the most deliciously trivial detail. You'll learn about the basic principles of law in an engaging and accessible way through comics - from alternate universes and copyright laws to shape-shifters and witness testimony to contracts with the devil. The Law of Superheroes is a must-read for legal experts, true believers, and anyone who is ever called upon to practice law in the comic multiverse.

' A highly readable survey of basic legal theory and an entertaining exploration of the comic book canon.' The Wall Street Journal

'They did it just right. The Law of Superheroes is both entertaining and informative. People who aren't lawyers or law-geeks will learn something about the law, and lawyers and law-geeks will be thoroughly entertained at the application of familiar principles to comic extravaganzas.' Popehat

'Fortunately, Daily and Davidson are neither smart alecks nor ironic, and they take their work as seriously as Batman taking on his arch-villain Bane (although they can be as witty and sly as Catwoman at her best).' Publishers Weekly

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Publisher: New York : Gotham Books, [2013], c2012
ISBN: 9781592408399
Branch Call Number: 741.53554 Dai
Characteristics: xv, 304 p. : ill
Additional Contributors: Davidson, Ryan
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sarahbru17 Jul 07, 2017

This is a fantastic resource for me while I'm working on a novel in which I'm trying to get a realistic view of how the world would adapt to the existence of superhumans. It's easy to read, intriguing--even entertaining. The authors clearly know what they're talking about, but they don't over-use jargon that inhibits understanding.

Jan 05, 2016

This book is not a comic book. This book is not for kids. This book tries to explain some basic legal concepts using a lot more words than necessary. This book tries to give you a very basic concept to the following: constitutional law, criminal law, evidence, criminal procedure, tort, contracts, ... If you just need the basic concept, Google or Wiki is better. If you want to learn slightly deeper, Google or Wiki is still better. If you want to learn deep enough, read the corresponding legal book.

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