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Who Needs a Superhero?: Finding Virtue, Vice, and Whats Holy in the Comics

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For decades, and especially today, the superheroes in comic books, TV shows, and blockbuster movies have captured our hearts and minds. Now comic book Ian and writer H. Michael Brewer shows us why: we long for a savior--and this book helps us better understand God through the superheroes' stories. In Who Needs a Superhero? Brewer explores the Christlike qualities of Superm ...more
Paperback, 222 pages
Published January 10th 2004 by Baker Books
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H. Michael Brewer's Who Needs a Superhero?: Finding Virtue, Vice, and What's Holy in the Comics is not exactly what you'd expect. It's a study in contrasts. It attempts to attack deep spiritual issues, but in a light-hearted way. It's a simple read, but with hidden depths. It attacks age-old questions, but is current and relevant enough to reference the recent Dark Knight Strikes Again. It's written for those who are of the Christian faith, yet might be accessible to those outside that.

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Aug 10, 2015 Hank rated it really liked it
Shelves: geek-orthodoxy
As I noted elsewhere, this is a reread for me. I have a number of books like this on my shelf, and each one presents a different interpretation of the values and virtues of comic book superheroes. Many are from the perspectives of theologians and seminarians, but this one is by a pastor, and it is evident.

Often, it seems that the links between biblical truth and the heroes selected are a bit strained, but overall the book is a useful tool to illustrated Christian doctrine with superheroes. Espec
Isaac Gallaway
Aug 25, 2014 Isaac Gallaway rated it really liked it
Shelves: ministry
For someone who has a mild interest in the Superhero world, but with limited first hand knowledge, this book made me excited to read even more. I can only imagine how cool it would be for someone who is super into the hero/comic book world. Not only does it make the parallels with the 'hero world' to real life, it makes a bridge that is easy to understand and relate with.

It's simple fried chicken for the soul. Probably not going to put a lot of meat on your bones, but definitely will fill you up
Apr 06, 2008 Brent rated it it was ok
This fun premised little diddly just doesn't quite deliver. With subtle (and often not-so subtle) Christian overtones his comic book analysis seems a bit preachy. I only got through about 4 chapters. Instead I recommend: The Gospel According to Superheroes: Religion and Popular Culture. It's a much more philosophic approach to the topic and so makes several of the same points without that preachy bent.
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Nov 06, 2015 Mark Archibald rated it it was amazing
Often these pop culture books about faith are either too shallow on the Biblical content or the pop culture content. This book isn't. Very fun read while inspiring us to and beyond what superheroes call us to be.
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I would like to read this again. I can't remember it clearly. I think it was pretty basic and just attempted talk about the lessons learned in comics and connect them to spiritual lessons.
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Mar 07, 2010 Man Solo marked it as to-read
Trying to explore this obsession with superheros and the people who need them.
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I liked how it tied comic book heroes with Christian values
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