The Law of SuperheroesBook - 2012
An intriguing and entertaining look at how America’s legal system would work using the world of comic books.
The dynamic duo behind the popular website LawAndTheMultiverse.com breaks down even the most advanced legal concepts for every self-proclaimed nerd.
James Daily and Ryan Davidson—attorneys by day and comic enthusiasts all of the time—have clearly found their vocation, exploring the hypothetical legal ramifications of comic book tropes, characters, and powers down to the most deliciously trivial detail.
The Law of Superheroes asks and answers crucial speculative questions about everything from constitutional law and criminal procedure to taxation, intellectual property, and torts, including:
- Could Superman sue if someone exposed his true identity as Clark Kent?
- Are members of the Legion of Doom vulnerable to prosecution under RICO?
- Do the heirs of a superhero who comes back from the dead get to keep their inherited property after their loved one is resurrected?
- Does it constitute “cruel and unusual punishment” to sentence an immortal like Apocalypse to life in prison without the possibility of parole?
Engaging, accessible, and teaching readers about the law through fun hypotheticals,The Law of Superheroes is a must-have for legal experts, comic nerds, and anyone who will ever be called upon to practice law in the comic multiverse.
Baker & Taylor
A pair of attorneys and comic book enthusiasts evaluate how America's legal system would work if subjected to popular comic-book characters, powers and themes, from whether or not Superman could sue someone for revealing his secret identity to whether or not the Legion of Doom could be prosecuted under RICO. 20,000 first printing.
Explains the hypothetical legal issues raised by the powers, characters, and tropes of superhero comic books, including whether x-ray vision would violate search and seizure laws and what type of business entity would be good for a superhero team.