The Law of Superheroes

The Law of Superheroes

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Could Superman sue if someone exposed his identity as Clark Kent? Is a life sentence for an immortal like Apocalypse “cruel and unusual punishment?” Is X-ray vision a violation of search and seizure laws? Is the Joker legally insane? And who foots the bill when a hero destroys a skyscraper or two while defending Metropolis?

Fear not, gentle listener! The answers to these questions and a multitude more are contained inside this audiobook.

Lawyers by day and comic book enthusiasts by night, James Daily, J.D., and Ryan Davidson, J.D., explain and explore the hypothetical legal ramifications of comic book tropes, characters, and powers, down to the most deliciously trivial detail. You’ll learn about the basic principles of law in an engaging and accessible way through comics—from alternate universes and copyright laws to shape-shifters and witness testimony to contracts with the Devil. The Law of Superheroes is a must-listen for legal experts, true believers, and anyone who is ever called upon to practice law in the comic multiverse.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781536620245
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 12/01/2016
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

James Daily, J.D., is an attorney and cofounder of He is licensed to practice in Missouri and is also registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. By day he works for the Stanford University Hoover Institution Project on Commercializing Innovation and also represents clients in a variety of intellectual property matters. He has been reading comics since he was ten, and some of his earliest and fondest childhood memories are of the Batman television series starring Adam West.

Ryan Davidson, J.D., is an attorney licensed to practice in Indiana and cofounder of Lawandthe He is an associate at Hunt Suedhoff Kalamaros LLP, where he practices general insurance litigation. Mr. Davidson cut his teeth on speculative fiction in the first grade and has been reading graphic novels since college.

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“Absolutely charming…intricate, hilarious analysis of the legalities of superheroes and supervillains”
—Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing

“Insightful and entertaining look at how comic book heroes would be affected by real-life laws…Fortunately, Daily and Davidson are neither smart alecks nor ironic, and they take their work as seriously as Batman taking on his arch-villain Bane (although they can be as witty and sly as Catwoman at her best)”
Publishers Weekly

“…attorneys James Daily and Ryan Davidson have pulled it off so flawlessly in the educational and fun The Law of Superheroes…they did it just right. The Law of Superheroes is both entertaining and informative. People who aren't lawyers or law-geeks will learn something about the law, and lawyers and law-geeks will be thoroughly entertained at the application of familiar principles to comic extravaganzas.”
"The Law of Superheroes fits two bills nicely; it's both a highly readable survey of basic legal theory and an entertaining exploration of the comic book canon.”
The Wall Street Journal
“One of the most subversive and nefarious books of the year. I came away from it feeling like I’d actually learned something about the history of American jurisprudence and how our laws actually work… The Law of Superheroes asks and answers crucial speculative questions about everything”
—Daily Motion(video)
 “creatively conceived issues illuminate the answers to questions few have dared to ask, providing cogent analysis in a way that should be largely understandable to general readers”
Kirkus Reviews
“A pair of lawyers from the Midwest have decided to ask these questions in this engaging book. Legal tomes are not known for being readable and accessible, but this one manages to be.”
—Book Guys
“Superpowered geekery of epically entertaining proportions…A must-read for a dose of good geeky fun”
Shelf Awareness
“The book that we've all been waiting for is finally out…Great work by Daily and Davidson! I am already looking for Volume II.”
—Patently O
“I cannot recommend this book highly enough.”
—Marion Harmon

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