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The Law of Superheroes | [James Daily, Ryan Davidson]

The Law of Superheroes

Could Superman sue if someone exposed his identity as Clark Kent? Is a life sentence for an immortal like Apocalypse "cruel and unusual punishment"? Is X-ray vision a violation of search and seizure laws? Is the Joker legally insane? And who foots the bill when a hero destroys a skyscraper or two while defending Metropolis? Fear not, gentle listener! The answers to these questions and a multitude more are contained inside this audiobook.
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Could Superman sue if someone exposed his identity as Clark Kent? Is a life sentence for an immortal like Apocalypse "cruel and unusual punishment"? Is X-ray vision a violation of search and seizure laws? Is the Joker legally insane? And who foots the bill when a hero destroys a skyscraper or two while defending Metropolis? Fear not, gentle listener! The answers to these questions and a multitude more are contained inside this audiobook.

Lawyers by day and comic book enthusiasts by night, James Daily, J.D., and    Ryan Davidson, J.D., explain and explore the hypothetical legal ramifications of comic book tropes, characters, and powers, down to the most deliciously trivial detail. You’ll learn about the basic principles of law in an engaging and accessible way through comics - from alternate universes and copyright laws to shape-shifters and witness testimony to contracts with the Devil. The Law of Superheroes is a must-listen for legal experts, true believers, and anyone who is ever called upon to practice law in the comic multiverse.

©2012 James Daily and Ryan Davidson (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book answers that nagging question, "could Batman really help the police make a case to send the Joker to jail the asylum?" If you like police procedural dramas, this brings that step-by-step process into the realm of the comic book world. I loved it!


    What other book might you compare The Law of Superheroes to and why?

    The only one that I'm familiar with that comes even close is The Common Law by Oliver Wendall Holmes.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The explanation of estate transfer and the problems it entails for true immortals.


    If you could give The Law of Superheroes a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Comic Books and the Common Law


    Any additional comments?

    While it is presented as a very dry explanation of the legal system as it would pertain to superheroes, (and lets face it, that *is* a dry subject), I found it to be anything but boring. I'm not a lawyer or have any connection with the legal system, but this book answers some small, nagging questions I've always had about superheroes in the 20+ years I've been reading comic books. The biggest question being, "how can xxx get away with that in real life?" If you've ever asked that question about any legal matters in comic books, it is answered here. A fantastic book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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