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Frankel, Valerie Estelle (Hrsg.): The Comics of Joss Whedon. Critical Essays. Jefferson, London: McFarland, 2015. (247 S.) 
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Resource type: Book
Languages: englisch
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 978-0-7864-9885-7
BibTeX citation key: Frankel2015b
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Keywords: "Buffy", Aufsatzsammlung, USA, Whedon. Joss
Creators: Frankel
Publisher: McFarland (Jefferson, London)
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Abstract
A great deal of scholarship has focused on Joss Whedon’s television and film work, which includes Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, Doctor Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, The Cabin in the Woods and The Avengers. But Whedon’s work in the world of comics has largely been ignored. He created his own dystopian heroine, Fray, gathered the goofy fannish heroes of Sugarshock, and wrote arcs for Marvel’s Astonishing X-Men and Runaways. Along with The Avengers, Whedon’s contributions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe include script doctoring the first X-Men film, writing a ground-shaking Wonder Woman screenplay, and co-creating ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Today, Whedon continues the Buffy and Firefly stories with innovative comics that shatter the rules of storytelling and force his characters to grow through life-altering conflicts.
This collection of new essays focuses on Whedon’s comics work and its tie-ins with his film and television productions, emphasizing his auteurism in crossing over from panel to screen to panel. Essays focus on the comic inspirations and subversive tropes of the Whedonverse, as well as character changes and innovations.

Table of Contents

Preface (1)

Part One: Buffy Comics
Joel Hawkes: The Origin of a Superhero: Sacrifice, Choice and the Significance of Merrick in Buffy’s Journey (9)
Lisa Gomez: Buffy Is in Bed with a Woman? Problematic and Perfect Gay and Lesbian Representation (19)
David Kociemba and Mary Ellen Iatropoulos: Separate Worlds or One? Canonicity, Medium and Authorship (31)

Part Two: Angel and Spike Comics
Thomas Johnson: “Live in the Lie for a While”: Closure in Angel: After the Fall (51)
Bryant Dillon: The Trouble with Spike: An Examination of William the Bloody’s Problematic Progression (60)

Part Three: Tales of the Slayers
Traci J. Cohen: “So I wear pearls”: Exploring Gender in Tales of the Slayers (73)
Kristi Pope Key: “There will be Others … Like me”: The Legacy of Otherness in Tales of the Slayers (82)

Part Four: Firefly
Thalia M. Mulvihill and Christina L. Blanch: Do Serenity Comics Forecast Our Pedagogies of Identity Construction? (93)

Part Five: Dollhouse
S. Evan Kreider: Mind-Body Dualism vs. Materialism: Personal Identity in Dollhouse: Epitaphs (109)

Part Six: Dr. Horrible’s ­Sing-Along Blog
Tracy S. Morris: Joss Whedon, Alan Moore and the Whole Horrible Future (121)

Part Seven: Marvel’s Runaways
Don Tresca: Dancing in the Sky: The Value of Love in Runaways (133)

Part Eight: Marvel’s ­X-Men
Fernando Gabriel Pagnoni Berns and Cesar Alfonso Marino: Embracing Goodness (and Colorful Costumes) Amid a World of Gray (147)
Melissa C. Johnson: River Is Wolverine: Whedon Performs a ­Sex-Change (155)

Part Nine: Whedon’s Other Comics
Valerie Estelle Frankel: The Heroine’s Journey from Fray to Wonder Woman (165)
Valerie Estelle Frankel: Comic-Con, Consumerism and Chaos: Reflecting the Fans in Last Angel in Hell, Stan Lee Meets the Amazing ­Spider-Man and Sugarshock! (180)

Part Ten: The Avengers, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the MCU
Leora Hadas: Authorship Assembled: Joss Whedon as Promotional Auteur in Marvel’s The Avengers (199)
Gail D. Rosen: Whedon’s Women and the Law: Parallels from Slayers to S.H.I.E.L.D. (209)

A Guide to Buffyverse Comics (219)

Glossary (223)
Bibliography (227)
About the Contributors (237)
Index (241)


  
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