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The Law of Superheroes by James Daily

The Law of Superheroes

by James Daily, Ryan Davidson

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An excellent take on an overlooked subject in the comic book universes.
  ThothJ | Dec 4, 2015 |
An excellent take on an overlooked subject in the comic book universes.
  ThothJ | Dec 4, 2015 |
An excellent take on an overlooked subject in the comic book universes.
  ThothJ | Dec 3, 2015 |
An excellent take on an overlooked subject in the comic book universes.
  ThothJ | Dec 3, 2015 |
The concept is clever: take superhero stories and apply real-world US law to them. Could someone testify in court while concealing their true identity? How does property law work for immortal beings? Does Superman have to file flight plans with the FAA? Not only is it a fun take on familiar comic book characters but it's also a very good introduction to law in general. Parts are a bit dry, when the ratio of law to comic book leans a bit too far to the legal side, but by and large it's very accessible and entertaining. You don't need to be a legal scholar to appreciate follow along, and while it helps to at least be reasonably familiar with such big names as Superman, Iron Man, and the X-Men, you don't have to be a huge comic book geek either. Definitely recommended for comic book fans looking for a broad overview of law, or even just a new way of looking at some of their favorite characters. ( )
  melydia | Feb 23, 2014 |
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Davidson, Ryanmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Sigal, ElkeDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
St. Pierre, JoeCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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[Introduction] Does Superman violate privacy laws when he uses his X-ray vision?
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James Daily and Ryan Davidson are attorneys and comic enthusiasts and they explain what the hypothetical legal ramifications of many comic book issues.  You’ll learn if life in prison for an immortal would be cruel and unusual punishment or if a superhero would be able to get his stuff back from the heirs if he happens to come back from the grave.
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Fun look at our laws

And whether comic book folks

Follow all the rules.


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"The dynamic duo behind the popular website LawAndTheMultiverse.com breaks down even the most advanced legal concepts for every self-proclaimed nerd. James Daily and Ryan Davidson--attorneys by day and comic enthusiasts all of the time--have clearly found their vocation, exploring the hypothetical legal ramifications of comic book tropes, characters, and powers down to the most deliciously trivial detail. The Law of Superheroes asks and answers crucial speculative questions about everything from constitutional law and criminal procedure to taxation, intellectual property, and torts, including: Could Superman sue if someone exposed his true identity as Clark Kent? Are members of the Legion of Doom vulnerable to prosecution under RICO? Do the heirs of a superhero who comes back from the dead get to keep their inherited property after their loved one is resurrected? Does it constitute 'cruel and unusual punishment' to sentence an immortal like Apocalypse to life in prison without the possibility of parole? Engaging, accessible, and teaching readers about the law through fun hypotheticals, The Law of Superheroes is a must-have for legal experts, comic nerds, and anyone who will ever be called upon to practice law in the comic multiverse"--Provided by publisher.… (more)

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