Rezension: Comic Book Crime: Truth, Justice, and the American Way

von Christian Wickert

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Titel: Comic Book Crime: Truth, Justice, and the American Way Autorinnen: Nickie D. Phillips & Staci Strobl Jahr: 2013 Reihe: Alternative Criminology Verlag: NYU Press ISBN: 0814767885

Diese Rezension wurde verfasst von Sarah Schirmer, Hamburg.

„Comic Book Crime: Truth, Justice, and the American Way” ist Teil der Alternative Criminology Series der New York University Press und fachlich in der Cultural Criminology angesiedelt. Nickie D. Phillips, Associate Professor am St. Francis College in New York, und Staci Strobl, ebendort Associate Professor am John Jay College, untersuchen in ihrer Arbeit amerikanische Comicbücher, um dadurch das Verständnis der Amerikaner von „crime and justice” verstehen und nachvollziehen zu können. Erklärtes Ziel der beiden Autorinnen ist es, den/ die Leser/in für die Subkultur des Comics zu sensibilisieren. Sie schlussfolgern: „We suggest that the impact of comic books is greater than it may first appear” (226).

Aber von Anfang an: Phillips und Strobl unterteilen ihr Werk in zehn Kapitel. Mit Kapitelüberschriften wie „Aren’t we supposed to be the good guys?” oder „Take down the bad guys, save the girl” bedienen sie sich stilistisch einer Comic-Terminologie und untermalen ihre Ausführungen mit beispielhaften Erzählungen aus Comicbüchern.
Grundsätzlich analysieren Phillips und Strobl Comicbücher, die nach dem 11. September 2001 erschienen sind. Trotzdem erklären sie zuvor die Geschichte des Comicbuches in den USA vor 2001 und geben beispielsweise darüber Aufschluss, wie sich die Comic-Industrie durch den „Comics Code” seit 1954 selbst zensierte. Eine Veränderung dieser Eigenkontrolle, um staatlicher Aufsicht zuvor zukommen, zeichnen die späteren Ausführungen nach ...

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