In this comprehensive textbook, editors Matthew J. Brown, Randy Duncan, and Matthew J. Smith offer students a deeper understanding of the artistic and cultural significance of comic books and graphic novels by introducing key theories and critical methods for analyzing comics.

Each chapter explains and then demonstrates a critical method or approach, which students can then apply to interrogate and critique the meanings and forms of comic books, graphic novels, and other sequential art. Contributors introduce a wide range of critical perspectives on comics, including disability studies, parasocial relationships, scientific humanities, queer theory, linguistics, critical geography, philosophical aesthetics, historiography, and much more.

As a companion to the acclaimed Critical Approaches to Comics: Theories and Methods, this second volume features 19 fresh perspectives and serves as a stand-alone textbook in its own right. More Critical Approaches to Comics is a compelling classroom or research text for students and scholars interested in Comics Studies, Critical Theory, the Humanities, and beyond.

chapter |4 pages


ByMatthew J. Brown, Randy Duncan, Matthew J. Smith

part I|2 pages


chapter 1|13 pages

Critical Theory

7Celebrating the Rich, Individualistic Superhero 1
ByMatthew P. McAllister, Joe Cruz

chapter 2|17 pages

Postcolonial Theory

Writing and Drawing Back (and Beyond) in Pappa in Afrika and Pappa in Doubt
ByChristophe Dony

chapter 3|11 pages

Critical Race Theory

Applying Critical Race Theory to Black Panther: World of Wakanda
ByPhillip Lamarr Cunningham

chapter 4|13 pages

Queer Theory

Queer Comics Queering Continuity: The Unstoppable Wasp and the Fight for a Queer Future
ByValentino L. Zullo

chapter 5|14 pages

Disability Studies

Disrupting Representation, Representing Disruption
ByKrista Quesenberry

chapter 6|13 pages

Critical Geography

Brotherman and Big City: A Commentary on Superhero Geography
ByJulian C. Chambliss

chapter 7|15 pages


The Utopia Conundrum in Matt Hawkins and Raffaele Ienco’s Symmetry
ByGraham J. Murphy

part II|2 pages


chapter 8|14 pages

New Criticism

105Ordered Disorder in Jaime Hernandez’ “Flies on the Ceiling”
ByRocco Versaci

chapter 9|15 pages

Psychoanalytic Criticism

Visual Pathography as a Means of Constructing Identity: Narrating Illness in David Small’s Stitches
ByEvita Lykou

chapter 10|11 pages


Autographics and Miriam Katin’s We Are on Our Own and Letting It Go
ByAndrew J. Kunka

chapter 11|15 pages


Comics Conversations as Data in Swedish Comic Strips
ByKristy Beers Fägersten

chapter 12|15 pages

Philosophical Aesthetics

Comics and/as Philosophical Aesthetics
ByAaron Meskin, Roy T. Cook

chapter 13|14 pages

Burkean Dramatistic Analysis

An Echo of Diversity: Dramatistic Analysis of Comics
ByA. Cheree Carlson

part III|2 pages


chapter 14|15 pages


191From Mason & Dixon by Pynchon to Miller & Pynchon by Maurer
ByDavid Coughlan

chapter 15|15 pages

Transmedia Storytelling

Hyperdiegesis, Narrative Braiding, and Memory in Star Wars Comics
ByWilliam Proctor

chapter 16|12 pages

Parasocial Relationship Analysis

“Like Losing a Friend”: Fans’ Emotional Distress After the Loss of a Parasocial Relationship
ByRandy Duncan

chapter 17|13 pages


Incorporating Comic Books into Historical Analysis: Historiographical Cross-Reference and Wonder Woman
ByAdam Sherif

chapter 18|15 pages


Comics Dialogics: Seeing Voices in The Vision
ByDaniel Pinti

chapter 19|14 pages

Scientific Humanities

The Scientific Origins of Wonder Woman
ByMatthew J. Brown