Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Law of Superheroes Review

The Law of Superheroes by James Daily, J.D. and Ryan Davidson, J.D.

James Daily and Ryan Davidson are attorneys and comic enthusiasts and they explain what the hypothetical legal ramifications of many comic book issues.  You’ll learn if life in prison for an immortal would be cruel and unusual punishment or if a superhero would be able to get his stuff back from the heirs if he happens to come back from the grave.

These are real attorneys citing real cases and talking about real law things.  So even though we are talking about Spider-Man and Superman and a bunch of other imaginary people you learn a lot about the law.  I’m not saying that you can pass the bar exam after reading this but you will definitely know stuff you didn’t know before you read it.  (Unless you are an attorney yourself.)  There are words like pursuant and other legal words but the book is not hard to understand.  Many times the law will be quoted which could be hard to understand but then you are given an example of what it would look like in the real world (well, kind of) to help it make sense.  There were only a couple of times when a term was used and then not explained so it takes you a minute but eventually you can work it out for yourself.  It’s fun for anyone who likes comics and you get a good overview of law from copyright to immigration from criminal procedure to rights of privacy and everything in between.  I found it all very interesting and would not have picked up a law book if it weren’t for the unique approach.

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