Since their inception, the DC and Marvel Comics universes have developed into narrative constructs that rival or surpass in size almost anything else in Western culture. However, surprisingly little critical attention has been paid to comic books. In her new book, critic and commentator Kaveney (Reading the Vampire Slayer) discusses the slow accretion of comic book universes from the thirties to now, adds her two cents to the debate over the value of superheroes, and examines the extent to which superhero comics are disfigured by misogyny and sexism. Kaveney, one of the first mainstream critics to write about graphic novels, was a founding member of Feminists Against Censorship and has been a long-term queer and trans rights activist. (karenb)
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