21st Century Superhero SC (2011) comic books
1st printing. Edited by Richard J. Gray II and Betty Kaklamanidou. Superhero films are one of the most enduring genres of cinema, and their popularity is only increasing in the 21st century. These ten critical essays explore the phenomenon through the lenses of numerous academic disciplines, and cover topics such as the role of globalization in the formation of superhero narratives, the shifting nature of masculinity and femininity in the superhero world and the state of the genre today. Of particular interest is the way these narratives, however fantastic, abstract, futuristic or simplistic, resonate with specific events in the world and function as starting points for discussion of contemporary sociopolitical conflicts. Softcover, 6-in. x 9-in., 212 pages, B&W. Cover price $40.00.