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Holy Superheroes!: Exploring Faith and Spirituality in Comic Books

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Pulitzer-prize nominee and English professor Greg Garrett explores the deeper side of comic books--and the motion pictures they inspire--for the lessons they can teach us about faith, justice, and redemption.
Paperback, First Edition, 192 pages
Published April 5th 2005 by NavPress Publishing Group (first published 2005)
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Mark
Apr 07, 2009 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-it, non-fiction
I'll admit when I was first given this book and I read the title, I immediately dismissed it as fluff. Typical judging a book by its cover attitude. However, having grown up an avid comic book collector I cracked it open and was pleasantly surprised. The author knows his comics and touches on most major graphic novels such as Maus, The Watchmen, Road to Perdition, Sandman, V for Vendetta, among many others, and also delves into mainstream DC and Marvel comics. The book's lone appendix "Essential ...more
J.M.
Jun 24, 2009 J.M. rated it liked it
Recommended to J.M. by: my brother
I bought this for my brother one year for his birthday and read it before I gave it to him. It's a very interesting look at how comic books are shaped by the spirituality and faith of those involved in creating them. If you think about it, the majority of mainstream comic books revolve around the classic "good vs. evil" plot, which of course can be seen in all major religions.

I found this book very insightful and interesting, and enjoyed reading the author's views not only exploring how faith a
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Amy
Apr 18, 2014 Amy rated it did not like it
Very disappointed in his PC unitarian approach to spirituality.
Jason Klein
Jun 04, 2015 Jason Klein rated it liked it
Wasn't expecting to enjoy this book based on the Christian-spiritual background of the author, but Garrett does a pretty fair job at not making this a completely "Jesus-as-Superhero" event. He's obviously a fan of comics and, despite some moments that were a bit heavy handed, he does a nice job presenting this material in a simple overview.
Jean-Pierre Vidrine
Though there was not a whole of new information nor observations here for me, the author does have a way with words. Plus there is something to be said for simple reaffirmation. A couple of small factual errors had me squinting sideways at the pages; but overall the books states its case very well.
EunSung
Mar 26, 2009 EunSung rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
it was a really interesting book that was both social critique, exploration of myth and history in comics, and relating themes in scripture.
Abbie
Sep 05, 2011 Abbie marked it as started-but-never-finished
Started this, but just couldn't get into it. It had a bit more of a religious than academic lens, and just didn't hold my interest.
Lily Bond
Sep 22, 2012 Lily Bond rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian
Read for ECC small group.
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Greg Garrett is the author of novels, including The Prodigal (with Brennan Manning), Free Bird (chosen by Publishers' Weekly and the Denver Rocky Mountain News as one of the best fiction debuts of 2002), Cycling, and Shame, the memoirs Crossing Myself and No Idea, and books on theology, popular culture, politics, and narrative including Entertaining Judgment: The Afterlife in the Popular Imaginati ...more
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