The Law of Superheros. It’s Time To Get Your Geek On!

Long time readers may be asking, “You’re back, where you been”. Well, it’s a long story, not one I really want to bore you with. Let’s just say it involves a love gone wrong. What kind of guy dates a woman for 2 years only to tell her, his feelings never really developed.? That he loves her, but not in the way he had hoped. Sigh. I spent a few months getting my head straight, oh and I graduated summa cum laude. So not all was lost. Now I am in graduate school; yes, me, who would of thought?

Anyway, I am back, but before I jump back into opining and ranting, I have a few promised reviews to finish. I hope you enjoy this one.

Get your smart geek on! Another fun mashup of comics meets real life “laws”.

First it was the Physics of Superheroes where the laws of physics is explained using the world of superheroes. Now comes The Law of Superheroes by James Daily and Ryan Davidson.

Would Mutants have civil rights? Could masked heroes be allowed to hide their identity in court? Who is libel for the damage superheroes cause?

If these and questions like them keep you up at night, or if these are subjects you debate over with you friends, then wow, do I have a book for you! Daily and Davidson explore the laws and rights regarding Superman and the like. They come up with questions I would have never thought about, yet they leave some unanswered, so we geeks can continue to debate over them, yet this time with knowledge of the law.

Take for instance the question of The Superhuman Registration Act and Draft. The constitution says congress has the authority to raise armies for the protection of the people. Its power to do so is extensive, so it would not be fantasy to say they could compel superhumans to serve. They go into great detail on how this legally can be accomplished and what it would mean. But, what if a superhuman did not want to serve? Could a superhuman be a military objector? This was a question I came up with after reading this chapter.

The book is easy to understand, though it sometimes delves a little to deeply in the weeds of law and becomes wonky. The nice thing about a book like this is that you can just avoid the wonk, and just enjoy the chapters you are interested in. If you know someone who is studying law, this would make a great gift. For everyone else, read it so that you come out on top on those late night nerd fests. You know who you are!

Author: sarij

I'm a writer, lifelong bibliophile ,and researcher. I hold a Bachelors in Humanities & History and a Master's in Humanities. When I'm not reading or talking about Shakespeare or history, you can usually find me in the garden discussing science or politics with my cat.

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