Here’s an entire special edition of the journal Law Text Culture devoted to Justice Framed: Law in Comics & Graphic Novels. I’ve linked to an introduction to the volume by Luis Gomez and Ian Dahlman. It explores how law is integrated into visual narratives.
Thanks to Kristina Brousalis for pointing me toward it.
Here are the other pieces in the volume:
- Introduction – Justice framed: law in comics and graphic novels
Luis Gomez Romero and Ian Dahlman
- Krazy Kat (review)
K N Llewellyn
- The legal surrealism of George Herriman’s Krazy Kat
- ‘What had been many became one’: continuity, the common law, and Crisis on Infinite Earths
- Justice in the gutter: representing everyday trauma in the graphic novels of Art Spiegelman
Karen Crawley and Honni van Rijswijk
- ‘Sakaarson the World Breaker’: violence and différance in the political and legal theory of Marvel’s sovereign
- Chewing in the name of justice: the taste of law in action
- Magic and modernity in Tintin au Congo (1930) and the Sierra Leone Special Court
- Spider-Man, the question and the meta-zone: exception, objectivism and the comics of Steve Ditko
- Comic book mythology: Shyamalan’s Unbreakable and the grounding of good in evil
Timothy D Peters
- ‘Come a Day there Won’t be Room for Naughty Men Like Us to Slip About at All’: the multi-media outlaws of Serenity and the possibilities of post-literate justice
- The aesthetics of supervillainy
- The punisher and the politics of retributive justice
- ‘Riddle me this…?’ Would the world need superheroes if the law could actually deliver ‘justice’?
- Noir justice: Law, crime and morality in Díaz Canales and Guarnido’s Blacksad: Somewhere within the shadows and Arctic-nation
- The story of Bohemia or, why there is nothing to rebel against anymore