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SUPERHEROINES AND THE EPIC JOURNEY

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SUPERHEROINES AND THE EPIC JOURNEY

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Closeout Price! Mythic Themes in Comics, Film and Television. By Valerie Estelle Frankel. Foreword by Trina Robbins. The heroine’s journey echoes throughout ancient legend. Each young woman combats her dark side and emerges stronger. This quest is also a staple of American comic books. Wonder Woman with semi-divine powers gives us a new female-centered creation story. Batgirl, Batwoman and Black Widow discover their enemy is the shadow twin, complete with the savagery they’ve rejected in themselves. From Jessica Jones and Catwoman to the new superwomen of cutting-edge webcomics, they are examined here.

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The heroine’s journey echoes throughout ancient legend. Each young woman combats her dark side and emerges stronger. This quest is also a staple of American comic books. Wonder Woman with semi-divine powers gives us a new female-centered creation story. Batgirl, Batwoman and Black Widow discover their enemy is the shadow twin, complete with the savagery they’ve rejected in themselves. From Jessica Jones and Catwoman to the new superwomen of cutting-edge webcomics, they are examined here.

Each heroine must go into the dark, to become not a warrior but a savior. Women like Captain Marvel and Storm sacrifice all to join the ranks of superheroes, while their feminine powers and dazzling costumes reflect the most ancient tales. And their costumes--Trina notes in her foreword how the costume gives them the power, the respect that they may lack in the ordinary work. Put on those gloves, that mask, the corset and they become energized, they become more.

Chapters include Growing Up, Superhero Tools, Family Foils, Male Influence, Descent to the Self, Facing the Shadow and Motherhood and Enlightenment. Some of the dozens of heroines covered include Spider-Gwen, Scarlet Witch, Echo, She-Hulk, Vixen, Power Girl, Donna Troy, Jessica Jones, Batwoman, Kitty Pryde, Dark Phoenix, Scarlet Witch, Claire Voyant (1940-42), Storm, Promethea, Miss Fury (1941), Witchblade and many others. And each is examined in different media, not just comics, but television and film.

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Item Code SUPEJ
Publisher McFarland
Publish Date 2017
ISBN 9781476668789
Binding Soft Cover
Dimensions 6x9
# Pages 290pg
Color Text Only
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