Posted by: Doc Comics | June 15, 2012

SuperSummer week 3: Deconstructing Superheroes

This week continues our look at superhero deconstruction in Miller’s Dark Knight Returns with another graphic novel that changed comics in 1986, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbon’s epic masterpiece Watchmen (readings reflection items here). As we explore the postmodern paradoxes for superheroes as “commodified myth” and genre-blending existential reflection, we’ll also think about the “superheroine problem” in these masculine power fantasies. Indeed, Wonder Woman will play a key role in Mark Waid and Alex Ross’ ‘re-mythologizing’ saga Kingdom Come, which both stages and engages Lawrence & Jewett’s “Superhero Monomyth” critique of FĂĽhrerprinzip democracy! We’ll also discuss the looming midterm exam.

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Meanwhile, the MAN OF STEEL marketing has begun! The Avengers sparks more movies with their success.

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Responses

  1. When we revisit the “Heidi Redeemer” variation of L&J’s Superhero Monomyth, we may need to examine “The D.E.N.N.I.S. System” from IASIP.

  2. I can’t help but wonder what a Ghandi-inspired superhero might look like? Or a radical pacifist?

  3. Reblogged this on SUPERHERO RHETORIC FORTRESS OF BLOGITUDE!.


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