Table of Contents Acknowledgements Preface Chapter 1: Introduction: Superheroes in the Public Sphere Chapter 2: The Disinterested Superhero: Freedom and Security in Marvel's Civil War Chapter 3: The Powerful Superhero: Sovereignty and Slavery in Batman Returns Chapter 4: The Empathic Superhero: Transformation of Character in Batman Begins and Iron Man Chapter 5: Superheroes in Action: Forgiveness and Commitment in Wonder Woman Chapter 6: The Thoughtful Superhero: Spider-Man and Intrapersonal Communication Chapter 7: The Thoughtless Supervillain: Banality and the Roots of Evil Chapter 8: Conclusion: Great Power, Great Relationships Bibliography About the Author
Nathan Miczo is professor of communication at Western Illinois University.
How Superheroes Model Community is an interesting read that bridges topics in philosophy and communication, while centering on popular culture items of enormous appeal: superheroes and their character, their relationships, and their dilemmas. -- Claudia Bucciferro, Gonzaga University In How Superheroes Model Community: Philosophically, Communicatively, Relationally, Nathan Miczo extends the reading of superheroes by linking them with the broad discipline of communication studies. He provides a clear argument that superheroes are not only protectors of communities but should also be read as communities themselves. They also offer critical insight into how relationships are created and maintained through that notion of community. This book is a must-read for media, popular culture, and communication scholars. -- Norma Jones, Kent State University Nathan Miczo presents unique observations about the superhero genre through the application of communication studies. Comic book events and blockbuster films are analyzed alongside philosophers and theorists to yield one of the most thought-provoking texts on the superhero genre. Miczo provides a deeper understanding of both complex concepts and popular entertainment in How Superheroes Model Community. -- Joseph J. Darowski, Brigham Young University