Last Night, A Superhero Saved My Life

Ed. Mignogna, Liesa
Thomas Dunne Books 2016
ISBN 978-1-250-04392-4
Date finished: 2016-08-22

Essays on the personal significance of particular superheroes, by various authors. Superhero comics are often treated like the simple-minded end of graphic stories, lighter and less important than the serious works like Persepolis or Maus. But we're often introduced to superheroes as children, and they can provide a model for shaping our own character, an escape from a difficult or intolerable home life, and a focus for bonding with siblings and friends. Some of the essays here are serious indeed: Delilah S. Dawson mirroring the Hulk's anger with her own; Anthony Breznican's memoir of his brother-in-law who was a lot like Tony Stark; Karina Cooper drawing inspiration from the romance of the X-Men's Rogue and Gambit. There are lighter pieces, too: Scott Westerfeld was introduced to Manhattan through Spiderman; Leigh Bardugo comes to terms with Wonder Woman's dress; Kevin Seccia admires the strength and resolve of Thor. But I think it's the difficult pieces here that really make the collection worthwhile.

Tagged: comics, essays


%T Last Night, A Superhero Saved My Life
%E Mignogna, Liesa
%K comics, essays
%G ISBN 978-1-250-04392-4
%I Thomas Dunne Books
%C New York
%P 284pp
%D 2016
%@ 2016-08-22

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