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Second Edition Available December 2014 in the U.K. and February 2015 in the U.S.

Fully revised and updated for its second edition, The Power of Comics remains the most authoritative available introduction to comic books and graphic novels – the history of the medium, its many forms and manifestations and their place in contemporary culture.

Randy Duncan and Matthew J. Smith are joined by Paul Levitz to produce a new edition that includes:

  • An expanded historical section bringing the story of comic books up to the present and covering the rise of the graphic novel and the advent of digital comics
  • A new chapter on the memoir genre and a thoroughly revised chapter on the superhero genre
  • A revised chapter – “Exploring Meanings in Comic Book Texts” – introduces students to the theoretical tools they need to read comics critically
  • Study objectives, discussion points, activities and annotated further reading guides in each chapter, helping students master the topics covered
  • New and revised sidebars by a host of Comics Studies scholars and industry professionals
  • A new preface by writer Mark Waid and a cover by cartoonist Joe Staton