Black Ship Books will release its first collection of comics criticism, Into the Comics-Verse: Comics and Contemporary Culture, in the Amazon Kindle store on March 31.
Featuring chapters from Black Ship regulars LJ Phillips, Petar Durić, Jeremy Bishop, and Evan Henry, Into the Comics-Verse will reach beyond simple comics journalism to examine topics that exist at the intersection of society and graphic narrative. Drawing on Stanley Fish’s notion of “interpretive communities,” Henry’s chapter on Moonhead Press questions whether (and how much) fans can challenge “the point” of their favorite stories. Durić, meanwhile, writes poignantly about how Gene Luen Yang’s Shadow Hero resonates with the experience of second-generation immigrants in the contemporary U.S., and Phillips, in an unusually gynolatrous reading of Frank Miller, explores images of the feminine divine in Sin City.
Other pieces explore topics as diverse as the legacy of Brandon Lee’s The Crow, the popular reception of Zack Snyder, and Alan Moore’s literary antagonisms with the government of Margaret Thatcher.