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The heroine's journey echoes throughout ancient legend. Each young woman combats her dark side and emerges stronger. This quest is also a staple of American comic books. Wonder Woman with semi-divine powers gives us a new female-centered creation story. Batgirl, Batwoman and Black Widow discover their enemy is the dark mother or shadow twin, with the savagery they've rejec The heroine's journey echoes throughout ancient legend. Each young woman combats her dark side and emerges stronger. This quest is also a staple of American comic books. Wonder Woman with semi-divine powers gives us a new female-centered creation story. Batgirl, Batwoman and Black Widow discover their enemy is the dark mother or shadow twin, with the savagery they've rejected in themselves. Supergirl similarly struggles but keeps harmony with her sister. From Jessica Jones and Catwoman to the new superwomen of cutting-edge webcomics, each heroine must go into the dark, to become not a warrior but a savior. Women like Captain Marvel and Storm sacrifice all to join the ranks of superheroes, while their feminine powers and dazzling costumes reflect the most ancient tales.


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The heroine's journey echoes throughout ancient legend. Each young woman combats her dark side and emerges stronger. This quest is also a staple of American comic books. Wonder Woman with semi-divine powers gives us a new female-centered creation story. Batgirl, Batwoman and Black Widow discover their enemy is the dark mother or shadow twin, with the savagery they've rejec The heroine's journey echoes throughout ancient legend. Each young woman combats her dark side and emerges stronger. This quest is also a staple of American comic books. Wonder Woman with semi-divine powers gives us a new female-centered creation story. Batgirl, Batwoman and Black Widow discover their enemy is the dark mother or shadow twin, with the savagery they've rejected in themselves. Supergirl similarly struggles but keeps harmony with her sister. From Jessica Jones and Catwoman to the new superwomen of cutting-edge webcomics, each heroine must go into the dark, to become not a warrior but a savior. Women like Captain Marvel and Storm sacrifice all to join the ranks of superheroes, while their feminine powers and dazzling costumes reflect the most ancient tales.

37 review for Superheroines and the Epic Journey: Mythic Themes in Comics, Film and Television

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mav

    There's some solid theories in here. There's some really good close reading of a wide variety of works and a good overview of the superheroine mythos mapped on to her reckoning of the Campbell monomyth. However, the biggest flaw with the book is that there are numerous factual errors in its comic research. Misspelled names (Mockingjay for Mockingbird), incorrect dates (claiming Donna Troy premiered in the 1980s rather than 1970s) and straight up factual errors (referring to Natalia Kassle as "Da There's some solid theories in here. There's some really good close reading of a wide variety of works and a good overview of the superheroine mythos mapped on to her reckoning of the Campbell monomyth. However, the biggest flaw with the book is that there are numerous factual errors in its comic research. Misspelled names (Mockingjay for Mockingbird), incorrect dates (claiming Donna Troy premiered in the 1980s rather than 1970s) and straight up factual errors (referring to Natalia Kassle as "Danger Girl" in the comic Danger Girl: Mayday... the title refers to a team and not a person and Natalia isn't even on the team by that point). While errors like this may seem minor, when they are as numerous and constant as they are in this text, it makes me as a reader doubt the validity of other things she says. This is a problem that could have been solved with some careful editing and fact checking at the very least if not some additional research. Still, it is a good intro to the intersection of comics and gender studies and would easily be three stars if not for its errors. Certainly it should inspire the reader to check out many of her references for further study.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Berni Phillips

    I thought this was very well done, and it tickled all the corners of my little geek heart. Frankel approaches pop culture from a scholar's viewpoint and manages to draw meaning out of what is all to often regarded as a disposable form. If you like comic books or superheroes in other formats, check this out.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ruby Ridge

    There are some ideas you will agree with and some you will not in here. Good presentation lost a star for a few factual errors, in a presentation like this you need to be perfect to get the 'A' grade

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    Rose Tyler

    It goes through all kinds of superheroines -- comic books, novels, short stories, famous, marginalized. It covers the heroine's journey (something Frankel writes about a lot), this time looking at superpowers, costumes, secret identities, and how the superheroine reaches apotheosis. Excellent.

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