Monthly Archives: November 2012


For those of you interested in having your copy of The Law of Superheroes autographed, we are pleased to announce that we are now offering signed bookplates. Send us an email with your address information and any personalization requests, and we’ll mail you a bookplate!

Rewards, Unilateral Contracts, and Bat Family # 19

A reader named Richard recently emailed with an interesting situation from Batman Family # 19, a short-lived series from the late 1970s, just before the DC Implosion. Here are the facts: Man-Bat, a sometime villain who occasionally does a good turn, hands in a villain (Snafu) to the cops and inquires about the possibility of a reward. The police captain refuses to pay, saying that Man-Bat wasn’t going to get paid until he had paid for property he damaged during the apprehension of the villain.

So can the captain do that? Continue reading

Election Day Special

Here at Law and the Multiverse we take no position regarding the various elections being held today in the United States, but we thought it might be fun to take a look at some of the fictional candidates that have appeared in comic books over the years.  If you don’t like your choices this election, you might like them better after looking at some of these turkeys.

I. Thor Odinson (Earth-20604)

In this alternate reality, almost everyone on Earth has superpowers, and Thor is President of the United States.  Apparently this alternate United States also lacks the natural born citizen requirement to be president, since Earth-20604 Thor was born on Asgard to Asgardian parents and wasn’t a US citizen in 1783 when the Constitution was adopted.

Vice President: Reed Richards

Platform: Superpowers for everyone!  Just take these handy Skrull pills.  Side-effects may include superfast aging.

Legacy: Killed by invading Skrulls.  Who would’ve thought that Skrull technology could backfire?

II. Anthony “Tony” Stark (Earth-20318)

In this alternate reality, Tony Stark is President and the Exiles serve as his Secret Service detail.

Vice President: Unknown

Platform: Laissez-faire capitalism and a strong defense policy, presumably.

Legacy: Assassinated.  Apparently the Exiles weren’t such great bodyguards!

III. Tin Man (Earth-8)

An obvious DC analog to Tony Stark, Tin Man becomes President in an alternate reality that is an homage to the Marvel Civil War storyline.

Vice President: Americommando (Captain America, basically)

Platform: Metahuman registration.

Legacy: Assassinated (that seems to happen a lot with these guys).

IV. Alexander “Lex” Luthor (New Earth)

The only one of our fictional Presidents in a mainstream continuity, Lex had an initially successful (if duplicitous) presidency eventually undone by his maniacal obsession with defeating his enemies.  Very Nixonian.

Vice President: Peter Ross

Platform: A better tomorrow through technology (“A flying car in every garage”).

Legacy: Declared Batman and Superman to be public enemies, injected himself with Venom and kryptonite in order to fight Superman, went insane, and was impeached.  Succeeded by his Vice President.

V. Clark “Superman” Kent (unnamed alternate reality)

After Superman saves presidential candidate Peter Ross from an assassination attempt, his secret identity is revealed.  Ross lives but asks Kent to run in his place.  Kent wins in a landslide, though his eligibility for the presidency is questioned.  Ultimately the Supreme Court decides that Kent is a natural born citizen, since in this continuity he was sent to Earth as an embryo in a Kryptonian birthing matrix and ‘born’ after the rocket landed in Kansas.

Vice President: Sarah Hemming

Platform: “My friends, it is time to reject the politics of exclusion and, instead, embrace the politics of unity!”  “It will be a major goal of this administration to weed out the corruption and white-collar crime that drain our economy.  And on the matter of the economy…we must begin an all-out war on the deficit!”

Legacy: Reducing the national debt, rescuing a captive diplomat, founding the Civilian Ecology Corps, establishing an orbital solar energy program, creating low cost housing in Gotham, uniting the world’s superheroes in the pursuit of world peace, and eliminating the global arms trade.  Clearly a one term President if there ever was one.


Lucid is the graphic novel series by Michael McMillian, best known for his role as the delightfully creepy quasi-evangelical-pastor-turned-cult-leader Steve Newlin from the second season of the HBO series True Blood. McMillian also worked on the True Blood graphic novel put out by IDW.

Lucid doesn’t have anything to do with vampires. Not yet anyway. It’s the story of a world where magic is real, where Merlin was a historical figure that did some pretty important stuff, and where combat mages are employed by Majestic Intelligence, a super-secret branch of… the Secret Service? Certainly the federal government, though this particular agency is so black that it makes the NSA look like a FOIA processing center. Continue reading

Castle: “Cloudy With a Chance of Murder”

I’m getting up to speed on the latest season of Castle, and there’s a quick pair of issues in episode two which aired back on October 1.  The first issue was brought to our attention by Naomi, who writes:

In [the] episode, a suspect is arrested and immediately calls for his lawyer. While they’re waiting for the lawyer to arrive, Beckett and Castle remain in the interrogation room and ignore the suspect, but openly discuss the case in front of him in a (successful) effort to bait him into saying something incriminating. Legally, is this kosher? If it had turned out that the suspect was guilty of the murder, would his outburst have been admissible in court?

So is this okay? Also, what’s the deal with the suggestion that someone is going to jail for violating environmental regulations? Spoilers inside! Continue reading

Allen County Author Fair

I will be signing books and answering questions at the Allen County Public Library‘s downtown branch from noon to 4:00PM tomorrow. There will be upwards of forty local authors in attendance, with panels on ebooks, self-publication, and teen literature. Hope to see you there!

Star Clipper

I will be signing copies of The Law of Superheroes and answering all of your comic book legal questions tomorrow, November 3rd, at Star Clipper in St. Louis from noon til 3pm.  Star Clipper is my Local Comic Store, so I’m really looking forward to it!