We could be heroes . . . couldn't we?
Every year billions of dollars are invested in a modern mythology: men and women, from earth or from beyond the earth, blessed with powers beyond those of ordinary mortals, charged with keeping the world on the right side of good and evil. We pour our money into such mythologies because they feed our great hopes: that the world can become a better place, and that we might have something to do with it.
David A. Zimmerman grew up moving back and forth between the contemporary epic mythology of superheroes and a much older epic--the story of Christianity. In Comic Book Character: A Catechism for Becoming Super he explores how comic books and Christianity make sense together, and what keeps them forever apart. With character studies from Superman and Batman to Spider-Man and the Avengers, Zimmerman shows how masks, villains, sidekicks and suffering manifest in the contemporary world, and how, by the grace of God, we each could be heroes.
This ebook is a revised and expanded edition of the 2004 edition.
David A. Zimmerman is an editor with InterVarsity Press and the author of Comic Book Character, Deliver Us from Me-Ville and The Parable of the Unexpected Guest. .
Praise for the First Edition
“I enjoyed it a whole bunch!”
Brian Augustyn, writer of Gotham by Gaslight and The Flash:
Race Against Time
“By exploring the only too human sides of
these larger-than-life icons, Zimmerman reveals that their epic, sometimes
cosmic struggles are but symbols of the universal human condition.”
Bryan J. L. Glass, writer of Quixote and The
“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
Brian McLaren, author, Naked Spirituality
“A thoughtful analysis of how comics have
both reflected and shaped our culture. . . . Zimmerman’s
writing is fresh, witty, conversational. Zowie! As a matter of fact, it kinda
reads like a comic book.”
Brian Godawa, author, Hollywood
Worldviews and Word & Image
you've ever given serious thought to the subject of character, this is
definitely an enjoyable examination of it.”
J. C. Vaughn, writer of 24: One Shot