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Comic Book Movies
by Blair Davis
Rutgers University Press, 2018
Cloth: 978-0-8135-9009-7 | Paper: 978-0-8135-8877-3 | eISBN: 978-0-8135-8879-7
Library of Congress Classification PN1995.9.S76D38 2018
Dewey Decimal Classification 791.43652

Comic Book Movies explores how this genre serves as a source for modern-day myths, sometimes even incorporating ancient mythic figures like Thor and Wonder Woman’s Amazons, while engaging with the questions that haunt a post-9/11 world: How do we define heroism and morality today? How far are we willing to go when fighting terror? How can we resist a dystopian state?

Film scholar Blair Davis also considers how the genre’s visual style is equally important as its weighty themes, and he details how advances in digital effects have allowed filmmakers to incorporate elements of comic book art in innovative ways. As he reveals, comic book movies have inspired just as many innovations to Hollywood’s business model, with film franchises and transmedia storytelling helping to ensure that the genre will continue its reign over popular culture for years to come.  

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