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Contemporary British Superheroes (1994– Present)

Contemporary British Superheroes (1994– Present)

(p.231) Chapter Six Contemporary British Superheroes (1994– Present)
The British Superhero
Chris Murray
University Press of Mississippi

This chapter examines contemporary British superheroes created since 1994. In the aftermath of the phenomenal international success of Watchmen, Arkham Asylum, and The Sandman, British creators and artists became some of the most influential and in demand in the field of comics. Grant Morrison produced his magnum opus, The Invisibles, and Flex Mentallo. The chapter first discusses The Invisibles and Flex Mentallo before considering a number of DC Thomson superheroes. It also analyzes various publications such as The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and Promethea, along with other series that revived some classic British superheroes and villains of the past. Examples are Brit Force, Jack Staff, and Albion. The chapter concludes with an overview of the second wave of the British Invasion and the resurgence of British comics in the city of Dundee.

Keywords:   British superhero, Grant Morrison, The Invisibles, Flex Mentallo, DC Thomson, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Brit Force, British Invasion, British comics, Dundee

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