American Comics, Literary Theory, and Religion: The Superhero Afterlife

American Comics, Literary Theory, and Religion: The Superhero Afterlife (Palgrave 2014)by A. David Lewis
Palgrave Macmillan, 2014
ISBN-13: 978-1349499618

Just as often as superheroes journey into the afterlife, they also return from it. Their surprising immortality has created its own set of storytelling rules and expectations; it also has come to influence their secular readership in new interreligious investigations of narrative character and personal selfhood. Unlocking a new and overdue model for reading comic books, this unique volume explores religious interpretations of popular comic book superheroes such as the Green Lantern and the Hulk. A. David Lewis argues that the superhero subgenre offers a hermeneutic for those interested in integrating mutiplicity into religious practices and considerations of the afterlife.

Nominated for a 2015 Eisner Award, “Best Scholarly/Academic Work”

Karra Shimabukuro of Sequart says:

As more and more people question the purpose and definition of self in the modern world, Lewis’ work is particularly timely.