David A. Zimmerman Comic Book Character

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Comic Book Character

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A Likewise book.Power and responsibility. Truth and justice. Never-ending vigilance against the doers of evil. These themes permeate comic book superhero stories in print, on movie and television screens, and throughout popular culture. With classic characters being reconceptualized for emerging generations, superheroes have returned to the public eye and are enjoying new heights of popularity.

  • What draws countless fans to these heroic figures?
  • What do superheroes symbolize and mean for our human experience?
  • Are there religious or spiritual reasons for the revival of interest in them?
Astute cultural critic and self-avowed comic book fanboy David A. Zimmerman turns a thoughtful eye to the world of costumed heroes and villains, showing how these iconic tales of good versus evil tap into universal human yearnings for justice and righteousness. Exploring the complex personas of characters like Superman and Batman, Spider-Man and the X-Men, Zimmerman unveils their cultural significance as models of moral character, virtue and heroism. Ultimately, placing comic book stories in dialogue with the Christian story sheds light on who we are, what we value and how we live.Comic Book Character calls true believers everywhere to integrity, mission and transformation. Come discover what it means to be a hero!

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"Jesus found and shared images of the kingdom of God in simple, common things--a seed, a field, a business deal, a dysfunctional family, a barn-builder. David Zimmerman follows in that tradition, finding surprising meaning in caped, masked and mutant crusaders. Comic Book Character is an instructive delight." Brian McLaren, pastor, author of A New Kind of Christian

"David A. Zimmerman's bright and breezy Comic Book Character is a wonderful combination of old and new: a pleasure for comic book veterans and newbies alike." Robert Darden, assistant professor of English, Baylor University, and senior editor of The Wittenburg Door

"David Zimmerman has risked much in unmasking himself as a comic book fanboy, but his amazing powers of humor and wisdom, matched with his breathtaking breadth of comic book lore, are more than a match for any who may believe that comic books are inconsequential. Comic Book Character reveals the startling truth that we are all called to be superheroes in the epic and episodic adventure of which God is the author." Mark Eddy Smith, author of Tolkien's Ordinary Virtues

"Comic Book Character is a thoughtful analysis of how comics have both reflected and shaped our culture. It teaches us that comic book heroes and their villains are not mere entertainment, but they reflect our own individual struggles with significance, purpose, identity, justice and other transcendent values that define who we are as human beings in God's universe. But Zimmerman's writing is also fresh, witty, conversational. Zowie! As a matter of fact, it kinda reads like a comic book." Brian Godawa, screenwriter and author of Hollywood Worldviews

"David Zimmerman blazes an important trail for those of us who are brave enough to follow! By taking both our culture and the Christian faith seriously he is able to begin doing theology in a very powerful way. By diving fully into comics and their subtle, iconic, powerful images he is able to speak in relevant ways to many in our generation." Don Everts, author of Jesus with Dirty Feet and The Smell of Sin

About the Author:

David A. Zimmerman is an editor at InterVarsity Press. A lifelong comic book fanboy, he has written on issues related to superheroes for Student Leadership Journal and BustedHalo.com. He is a regular contributor to Prism magazine and the author of the online column Strangely Dim.

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