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Spider-Man. Batman. The X-Men. The Fantastic Four. Comic books and the characters they have spawned have become twenty-first-century mythology. Greg Garrett helps us see the profound depth that can be found in the glossy, fast-paced, and often violent world of comics, graphic novels, and the films they inspire. Holy Superheroes! provides extensive discussions of some of ou Spider-Man. Batman. The X-Men. The Fantastic Four. Comic books and the characters they have spawned have become twenty-first-century mythology. Greg Garrett helps us see the profound depth that can be found in the glossy, fast-paced, and often violent world of comics, graphic novels, and the films they inspire. Holy Superheroes! provides extensive discussions of some of our most beloved comic heroes and concludes with an appendix of twenty-five comics and graphic novels for discussion of spirituality and comics.


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Spider-Man. Batman. The X-Men. The Fantastic Four. Comic books and the characters they have spawned have become twenty-first-century mythology. Greg Garrett helps us see the profound depth that can be found in the glossy, fast-paced, and often violent world of comics, graphic novels, and the films they inspire. Holy Superheroes! provides extensive discussions of some of ou Spider-Man. Batman. The X-Men. The Fantastic Four. Comic books and the characters they have spawned have become twenty-first-century mythology. Greg Garrett helps us see the profound depth that can be found in the glossy, fast-paced, and often violent world of comics, graphic novels, and the films they inspire. Holy Superheroes! provides extensive discussions of some of our most beloved comic heroes and concludes with an appendix of twenty-five comics and graphic novels for discussion of spirituality and comics.

30 review for Holy Superheroes!: Exploring the Sacred in Comics, Graphic Novels, and Film (Revised, Expanded)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    I was hoping for more, like perhaps some theology. Most of the book was summarizing comics, which is great. But how the comics tie into faith was a bit lacking. And typos, which bother me because it seemed like it was written in a hurry and the editor didn't do the job reading it for typos properly. Overall, I was disappointed.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Maëva Catalano

    Une bonne lecture pour le genre. Apporte des réflexions sur la religion et les super héros qui ne sont malheureusement pas assez poussées à mon goût. Mais un bon point de départ si on se pose des questions sur le sujet.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Paul

    This book is the literary equivalent of your youth pastor wearing a bandana and "rapping" to get kids in the building.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Derek

    The intersection of religion/faith and popular culture is one of my favourite topics, so it should come as little surprise that Holy Superheroes! immediately intrigued me from the title. Through a series of essays, Baylor University English professor Greg Garrett explores a number of religious themes as they appear in a wide variety of comic books and movies, including justice, evil, truth, power, and violence. These kinds of collections can occasionally serve as superficial attempts from (prima The intersection of religion/faith and popular culture is one of my favourite topics, so it should come as little surprise that Holy Superheroes! immediately intrigued me from the title. Through a series of essays, Baylor University English professor Greg Garrett explores a number of religious themes as they appear in a wide variety of comic books and movies, including justice, evil, truth, power, and violence. These kinds of collections can occasionally serve as superficial attempts from (primarily Evangelical) Christians to capitalize on current themes and trends in a barely-disguised bait-and-switch intended to hook readers on the initial concept and then to expose them to Jesus, but Garrett's discussions are different. Garrett succeeds at digging deeper - beyond that superficial level - and it is easy to tell that he not only has a deep understanding of the role that faith plays in one's life, but also a deep love of comics and superheroes and for their place in helping us understand ourselves and our purpose in the world. Garrett has left little doubt that his opinion is that comics and superheroes are one of the primary ways that stories are being communicated now, and his recognition of the inherent religious themes within does not seem superimposed on the texts, but rather a natural expression of the thoughts underlying almost all meaningful expressions of art. The resulting collection of essays is, I think, of more interest to comic fans looking into the religious aspects of the works they know and love, rather than for Christians who are looking for a way to justify their love of comics or for pastors who are trying to figure out a way to incorporate superheroes into their sermons. I really appreciated that, after the conclusion, Garrett supplies a list of graphic novels and comic collections for readers to explore; there were a few I had not yet read myself, so I have some more exploring to do. And thanks to Garrett, I feel like I have a few more tools to be able to understand how to handle those texts, both in terms of theology and cultural exegesis.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    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 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 Graphic Novels and Collections" provides a really great concise overview of some of the more recognized works that have been published over the past couple of decades. More impressive than the books that were covered was the thought that went into the writing. Garrett is a longtime comic book fan as well as a professor of film, fiction, and American literature. As a result, he approaches many of the topics in an intelligent manner much beyond the usual "fanboy" fare. Holy Superheroes! is categorized more as philosophical reading but is worth checking out, whether you're a fan of comics, pop culture, or philosophy.

  6. 5 out of 5

    J.M.

    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 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 and spirituality shape our comic heroes but also our views on society as we grow up with these beloved characters. A good resource for comic book fans as well as readers interested in exploring how personal faith shapes the world in which we live.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jason Klein

    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.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Hinrichs

    One of the best nonfiction books I have ever read. This book does a fantastic job in exploring the fundamental concepts of comic books and their religious influences. Garrett does an excellent job in connecting the myth of the American superhero to our everyday lives.

  9. 4 out of 5

    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.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Very disappointed in his PC unitarian approach to spirituality.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lily Bond

    Read for ECC small group.

  12. 5 out of 5

    EunSung

    it was a really interesting book that was both social critique, exploration of myth and history in comics, and relating themes in scripture.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Abbie

    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.

  14. 4 out of 5

    John Smith

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jess Mountifield

  16. 5 out of 5

    Rao

  17. 5 out of 5

    Etienne

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jeremiah

  19. 4 out of 5

    SRIGURUKULAM SEC SCHOOL

  20. 5 out of 5

    Arthur O'dell

  21. 5 out of 5

    Charles

  22. 4 out of 5

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  23. 4 out of 5

    Jason

  24. 4 out of 5

    Steven Price

  25. 5 out of 5

    Hank

  26. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

  27. 5 out of 5

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  29. 5 out of 5

    Peter Cunningham

  30. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

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