Holy Superheroes!: Exploring the Sacred in Comics, Graphic Novels, and Film (Revised and Expanded Edition)  -     By: Greg Garrett
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Holy Superheroes!: Exploring the Sacred in Comics, Graphic Novels, and Film (Revised and Expanded Edition)

Westminster John Knox Press / 2008 / Paperback

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Since ancient history, humans have created stories in an attempt to better understand the world around them. Thousands of years ago it was Zeus and Hercules. Now it's Superman, Batman, the X-Men, and the Fantastic Four. In Holy Superheroes! (updated and expanded to include many recent comics and movies) you will discover how comic books - and the Hollywood adaptations they inspire - can influence our understanding of Good versus Evil, personal sacrifice, duty, and faith.
Comic books have become a twenty-first century mythology. In this book Pulitzer Prize nominated author Greg Garrett explores this mythology and extracts the profound truths that are revealed in the glossy pages, superhuman characters and fast-paced action. PLEASE NOTE: Some of the media discussed and/or suggested as recommended reading contain extremely graphic depictions of violence, brutality, sexual situations, profanity and blasphemy. These issues are neither displayed nor discussed at length in the text.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 216
Vendor: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0664231918
ISBN-13: 9780664231910
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Publisher's Description

Spider-Man. Batman. The X-Men. The Fantastic Four. Comic books and the characters they have spawned have become twenty-first-century mythology. Greg Garrett helps us see the profound depth that can be found in the glossy, fast-paced, and often violent world of comics, graphic novels, and the films they inspire. Holy Superheroes! provides extensive discussions of some of our most beloved comic heroes and concludes with an appendix of twenty-five comics and graphic novels for discussion of spirituality and comics.

Author Bio

Greg Garrett is Professor of English at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He serves the Episcopal Church as Writer-in-Residence at the Seminary of the Southwest and as lay preacher at St. David's Episcopal Church in Austin, Texas. He is the author of numerous books, including the critically-acclaimed novel Free Bird.

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