Neverending Battles

  • David HymanEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Comics and Graphic Novels book series (PSCGN)


This chapter expresses concerns that superhero revision is in danger of becoming its own form of orthodoxy, and suggests new directions that might prevent the atrophy of its creative force. Fredric Jameson’s framing of the utopian as irreducible multiplicity, which in turn echoes Deleuze’s reading of Nietzschean difference as an alternative to Hegelian dialectics, suggests ways for revision to maintain generative relevance as a composing strategy. Recent uproar concerning certain controversial revisions in comic books remind us that revision has a moral dimension, and that unorthodox strategies can be read as reiterations of the superhero’s potential for expressing and inspiring radical imagination.


Utopian Deleuze Revision Superhero Nietzsche Utopia Radical imagination 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EnglishLehman College, CUNYBronxUSA

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