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Superhero Ethics: 10 Comic Book Heroes; 10 Ways to Save the World; Which One Do We Need Most Now?

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Whether in comic books or on movie screens, superhero stories are where many people first encounter questions about how they should conduct their lives.
Although these outlandish figures—in their capes, masks, and tights, with their unbelievable origins and preternatural powers—are often dismissed as juvenile amusements, they really are profound metaphors for different app
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Hardcover, 190 pages
Published June 1st 2018 by Templeton Press
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Cheryl
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Mr. Smith dissects the internal dynamics of ten superheroes. Most are very popular like fan favorite Wolverine (my husband's favorite), Iron Man, and Thor to name a few. As well as maybe lesser superheroes Green Lantern and Mister Fantastic. Yet, when you read this book, you will understand the reason why Mr. Smith chose to feature the superheroes that he selected.

Mr. Smith pits the different superheroes against each other in the following chapter:

The Best of the Beastly featuring the Hulk vs.
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Anthony
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own.

Superheroes are one of the biggest money grabbers of the twenty-first century. Fans around the world love flocking to the world’s of Marvel, DC and other comic book publishers who make the most popular comic books, films, television programs and more. Yet there has been one question that has always been on fans minds since the comic book industry began: who is the best of all the heroes? While t
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Miriam Downey
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Read my full review here: https://mimi-cyberlibrarian.blogspot....

The subtitle of Super Hero Ethics is: 10 comic book heroes, 10 ways to save the world. Which one do we need most now?

My husband loves superhero movies, as do two of my sons-in-law and numerous grandchildren. Until now, I have tried to stay away from the compulsive watching and the related arguing about the relative merits of one or the other superhero. When the publicist sent me Super Hero Ethics, I realized that it seemed like th
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Reading Cat
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
Really enjoyable, riding that perfect line between obvious comics nerd and scholar. It's clear not only that Smith has done his homework, reading years' worth of comics and watching movies, but he didn't do this research FOR this book, but rather out of sincere engagement with the storylines and characters.

To be honest, I'm kind of so very very over the proliferation of superhero content pervading American life, but I heard an interview with him that just caught my intention. So, authors, pleas
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Geoff
Jul 22, 2018 rated it liked it
My Recommendation: Even though I had a HUGE issue with the lack of women in the 10 superheroes, I feel this is an interesting read. It takes 10 archetypal/stereotypical superheroes explains they're strengths and weaknesses, pits them against their equal in various reasonings (locale, god like stature, intellectualness, etc.), and then explains why the superhero as a whole is more worthy of civilization modeling our momentum forward after that superhero. The chosen victor caught me off guard, bec ...more
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Brian Greiner
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I quite liked this book.
Despite the heavy philosophical and sociological discussions, it is very readable.
The author is obviously a fan of the comic genre, and the human condition. The book was enjoyable to read, and it made me think about both the personal and societal ideas discussed.
Good stuff.
Jeff
Feb 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Nerdiest book I've ever read. I wish I'd written it.
Benjamin  Thomas
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was absolutely phenomenal on many levels! Must read. Full review to come.
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A great read! I really appreciated the amount of research and consideration that went into this book. You’ll find mentions of the very first comics to quotes from the more recent Marvel Cinematic Universe. Smith brings evidence from the entire timeline when analyzing individual heroes. And although the hero that is crowned the “winner” of this competition was not the one I expected, I found myself agreeing with his decision for the most part, much to my surprise. I would definitely recommend thi ...more
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