The paperback edition of our book, The Law of Superheroes, is now available. You can find it at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, Indiebound, and other online and retail booksellers. The paperback edition includes a few corrections and updates as well as a new concluding chapter, so if you haven’t picked up a copy of The Law of Superheroes yet, check it out!
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!
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!
Reviews of The Law of Superheroes are coming in and they’re pretty great!
Popehat: “The Law of Superheroes is both entertaining and informative. People who aren’t lawyers or law-geeks will learn something about the law, and lawyers and law-geeks will be thoroughly entertained at the application of familiar principles to comic extravaganzas.”
Shelf Awareness: “superpowered geekery of epically entertaining proportions”
Mommy’s Busy…Go Ask Daddy!: “I’m far from a lawyer, but these guys bring up such a unique and fresh perspective on superheroes, that I’m instantly sucked in. … a highly entertaining read. Not only will you actually learn some legal jargon and get a better grasp on the legal system as a whole, but these guys legitimately try to answer all of these hypothetical questions.”
Amazon Reviews: “The Law of Superheroes is a fun, quirky book with great crossover potential. The authors approach both topics from an introductory perspective, so that the reader need not have much preexisting knowledge of either to follow along. A must for anyone who enjoys pop culture analysis, Smart Pop style.”
LibraryThing: “a great way to explain real law in a fun and entertaining manner.”
GoodReads: “I came out of this book with a better understanding of the law, which surprised and delighted me, honestly. They even say that they wanted to make the law a bit more interesting, and they succeeded.”
Alert reader Kris wrote in with a note about one of the examples in the book:
Wonder Woman didn’t kill Maxwell Lord to save Batman. At that point, Superman had already attacked and nearly killed Batman, who was then convalescing back in Justice League HQ. Lord was compelling Superman to kill Wonder Woman as this point, by making Supes believe she was Doomsday in the middle of killing Lois Lane. When she managed to track down Lord she tied him up with her golden lasso and then commanded Lord to release Supes, which he did, but then Lord told her that he still had control, and once she let Lord loose from the lasso it would just start all over again. … This was in Wonder Woman #219, by Greg Rucka. Infinite Crisis #1 had a one-panel flashback to this issue.
In fact, we’re both correct. Our version of the story comes from Manhunter, in which the story is also told via flashbacks and video footage. In that book, Superman is shown choking Batman saying “I’ll kill you Doomsday!”. Superman, who is relating the story, says “It was actually Batman who I was fighting, and I almost killed him. If it wasn’t for Wonder Woman tracing it back to Max, I would still be under his thrall.” It’s never made clear that Wonder Woman killed Max in a separate incident from the attack on Batman.
So in some sense we can blame the continuity editing at DC, but nonetheless we should have checked the canonical version of the story in Wonder Woman.
I’m happy to announce that I will be giving a talk about Law and the Multiverse and our upcoming book, The Law of Superheroes, at my undergraduate alma mater, Hendrix College, on November 13 at 4:10pm at Mills Library. The event is open to the public and will be followed by a book signing.
The National Law Journal has a review of our upcoming book, The Law of Superheroes. Thanks to Matthew Huisman for a great review and interview! You can pre-order the book online from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Indiebound, and the iTunes iBookstore.
We are excited to announce The Law of Superheroes, a new book inspired by Law and the Multiverse! The book features thirteen chapters covering a wide range of legal topics, including new and updated material from the blog as well as dozens of comic book illustrations. The Law of Superheroes will be published on October 11, 2012 by Gotham Books, a division of Penguin. You can pre-order copies from any of these booksellers:
Barnes & Noble