Ed. Mignogna, Liesa
Thomas Dunne Books 2016
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.
%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