James Daily and Ryan Davidson
The Law of Superheroes
Gotham Books, New York, 2012, 320 pp.
An intriguing and entertaining look at how America’s legal system would work using the world of comic books.
The dynamic duo behind the popular website Law And The Multiverse.com breaks down even the most advanced legal concepts for every self-proclaimed nerd.
James Daily and Ryan Davidson—attorneys by day and comic enthusiasts all of the time—have clearly found their vocation, exploring the hypothetical legal ramifications of comic book tropes, characters, and powers down to the most deliciously trivial detail.
The Law of Superheroes asks and answers crucial speculative questions about everything from constitutional law and criminal procedure to taxation, intellectual property, and torts, including:
Could Superman sue if someone exposed his true identity as Clark Kent?
Are members of the Legion of Doom vulnerable to prosecution under RICO?
Do the heirs of a superhero who comes back from the dead get to keep their inherited property after their loved one is resurrected?
Does it constitute “cruel and unusual punishment” to sentence an immortal like Apocalypse to life in prison without the possibility of parole?
Engaging, accessible, and teaching readers about the law through fun hypotheticals, The Law of Superheroes is a must-have for legal experts, comic nerds, and anyone who will ever be called upon to practice law in the comic multiverse.
James Daily is an attorney with the Stanford University Hoover Institution Project on Commercializing Innovation. He lives in St. Louis, Missouri.
Ryan Davidson is currently an associate at Hunt Suedhoff Kalamaros LLP, where he practices general insurance litigation. He lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana.