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The Supervillain Reader$
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Robert Moses Peaslee and Robert G. Weiner

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781496826466

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2020

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496826466.001.0001

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Distortions of Supervillainy, Radical Interiority, and Victimhood in Sam Kieth’s The Maxx

Distortions of Supervillainy, Radical Interiority, and Victimhood in Sam Kieth’s The Maxx

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The Supervillain Reader
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Tiffany Hong

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496826466.003.0034

It's often stated that Superman is a boring hero because of his perfection in power, integrity, and character. What if this super-powered individual were to turn away from preserving humanity through justice and decided to save humanity from itself through brute force? This is the premise of Tom Taylor's series Injustice: Gods Among Us and seeing Superman's descent into villainy is one of the most compelling reversals in the superhero universes. Mark Waid's series, Irredeemable, also explores this concept of a god-hero turning his back to the world he swore to protect and annihilating it and the heroes he once called friends. This chapter analyzes the Superman of Injustice and the Plutonian of Irredeemable, exposes their burdens and responsibilities to the societies they live in, and shows why those that are framed as perfect gods can turn out to be the most insidious devils.

Keywords:   Superman, Plutonian, Irredeemable, Injustice, god-like

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