Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Superhero Ethics

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Book Review - Superhero Ethics

Super Hero Ethics

About the Book
Whether in comic books or on movie screens, superhero stories are where many people first encounter questions about how they should conduct their lives.

Although these outlandish figures—in their capes, masks, and tights, with their unbelievable origins and preternatural powers—are often dismissed as juvenile amusements, they really are profound metaphors for different approaches to shaping one’s character and facing the challenges of life.

But, given the choice, which superhero should we follow today? Who is most worthy of our admiration? Whose goals are most noble? Whose ethics should we strive to emulate?

To decide, in Super Hero Ethics Travis Smith takes ten top superheroes and pits them one against another, chapter by chapter. The hero who better exemplifies how we ought to live advances to the final round. By the end of the book, a single superhero emerges victorious and is crowned most exemplary for our times.

How, then, shall we live?

  • How can we overcome our beastly nature and preserve our humanity? (The Hulk vs. Wolverine) 
  • How far can we rely on our willpower and imagination to improve the human condition? (Iron Man vs. Green Lantern) 
  • What limits must we observe when protecting our neighborhood from crime and corruption? (Batman vs. Spider-Man) 
  • Will the pursuit of an active life or a contemplative life bring us true fulfillment? (Captain America vs. Mr. Fantastic) 
  • Should we put our faith in proven tradition or in modern progress to achieve a harmonious society? (Thor vs. Superman) 

Using superheroes to bring into focus these timeless themes of the human condition, Smith takes us on an adventure as fantastic as any you’ll find on a splash page or the silver screen—an intellectual adventure filled with surprising insights, unexpected twists and turns, and a daring climax you’ll be thinking about long after it’s over.

My Take on the Book
As someone that loves superheroes this book sounded interesting. I mean, as a comic book lover, I have always wondered about who would win when it came to characters battling each other. This book sets characters up against each other and the author asks questions about these heroes and about what the characters represent. I loved that you will explore the ethics of the characters and through looking at the characters in these ways you will learn more than you thought you knew! This book is truly a book that will draw you into the book and will make you start looking at your favorite characters in different ways.

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