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Round, Julia: "London’s Calling. Alternate Worlds and the City as Superhero in Contemporary British-American Comics." In: International Journal of Comic Art 10.1 (2008), S. 24–31. 
Resource type: Journal Article
Languages: englisch
BibTeX citation key: Round2008a
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Categories: General
Keywords: "From Hell", "Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere", "The Invisibles", Adaption, Campbell. Eddie, Carey. Mike, Fabry. Glenn, Gaiman. Neil, Großbritannien, Kriminalcomics, Literatur, Moore. Alan, Morrison. Grant, Stadt, Superheld, USA
Creators: Round
Collection: International Journal of Comic Art
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This article examines the visions of London offered by From Hell, Neverwhere and The Invisibles. These comics depict a divide in this city, whose surface image hides an underlying truth or another world, and it will be my argument that this divided state can be linked to the superhero figure. After first defining the city as body, I’ll identify the motifs and symbols attached to the various Londons of these texts and consider the terms in which the split between Londons is defined. Can geographical duality be linked to the superhero and alter ego – are these creators simply rewriting this figure as a new trope? I’ll then discuss how the treatment of environment is informed by the comic book medium, before concluding as to the consequences of defining the city as a superhero trope within the gothic.
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