Supervillains: The Significance of Evil in Superhero Comics (Hardcover)

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Supervillains: The Significance of Evil in Superhero Comics (Hardcover)

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Alongside superheroes, supervillains, too, have become one of today’s most popular and globally recognizable figures. However, it is not merely their popularity that marks their significance. Supervillains are also central to superhero storytelling to the extent that the superhero genre cannot survive without supervillains.
Bringing together different approaches and critical perspectives across disciplines, author Nao Tomabechi troubles overly hero-centered works in comics studies to reconsider the modern American myths of the superheroes. Considering the likes of Lex Luthor, the Joker, Catwoman, Harley Quinn, Loki, Venom and more, Supervillians explores themes such as gender and sexuality, disability, and many forms of Otherness in relation to the notion of evil as it appears in the superhero genre. The book investigates how supervillains uphold and, at times, trouble dominant ideals expressed by the heroism of our superheroes.
 
Nao Tomabechi received their PhD in American Studies from the University of Siegen in Siegen, Germany. They are based in Okayama, Japan. This will be their first book.
Product Details ISBN: 9781978839380
ISBN-10: 1978839383
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication Date: January 14th, 2025
Pages: 244
Language: English