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Friedenthal, Andrew J. The World of DC Comics. Imaginary Worlds. London, New York: Routledge, 2019. 
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Resource type: Book
Language: en: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 9780815370574
BibTeX citation key: Friedenthal2019
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Categories: General
Keywords: DC, Narratology, Superhero, USA
Creators: Friedenthal
Publisher: Routledge (London, New York)
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The first sustained study of the DC Comics Multiverse, this book explores its history, meanings, and lasting influence. The multiverse is a unique exercise in world-building: a series of parallel and interactive worlds with a cohesive cosmology, developed by various creators over more than 50 years.
In examining DC’s unique worlds and characters, the book illustrates the expansive potential of a multiverse, full of characters, histories, geographies, religions, ethnographies, and more, and allowing for expressions of legacy, multiplicity, and play that have defined much of DC Comics’ output. It shows how a multiverse can be a vital, energizing part of any imaginary world, and argues that students and creators of such worlds would do well to explore the implications and complexities of this world-building technique.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments (viii)

Introduction (1)

1. A Brief History of the Multiverse (20)
2. The Multiverse in Crisis (37)
3. Cartographers of the Multiverse (62)
4. Beyond the Multiverse (84)

Conclusion (99)

Index (105)

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