Leadership, Character, and Conflict Beyond the Superhero Multiverse
320 Pages, 6 x 9 in
- October 2023
- In Stock
In the past decade, heroes and villains spawned from the pages of comic books have upended popular culture and revolutionized the entertainment industry. The narratives weave together a multitude of complementary and sometimes competing storylines, spun across decades, generations, and mediums, forming a complex tapestry that simultaneously captures the imagination and captivates the mind. These stories reveal our own vulnerabilities while casting an ideal to which we aspire. They pull at our deepest emotions and push us to the cusp of reality, and bring us back to Earth with a renewed hope of a better tomorrow. They are an endless source of powerful metaphors to help us learn and develop, then be the best versions of ourselves possible.
Through the lens of the superhero genre, each chapter explores contemporary challenges in leadership, team building, and conflict, while emphasizing the role of humanity and human nature in our own world.
Contributors: Ian Boley, Jo Brick, Mitch Brian, Max Brooks, Mike Burke, Kelsey Cipolla, Amelia Cohen-Levy, Mick Cook, Jeff Drake, Clara Engle, Candice Frost, Ronald Granieri PhD, Heather S, Gregg PhD, James Groves, Geoff Harkness PhD, Theresa Hitchens, Kayla Hodges, Cory Hollon PhD, Joshua Huminski, Erica Iverson, Alyssa Jones, Mathew Klickstein, Jonathan Klug, Matt Lancaster, Steve Leonard, Karolyn McEwen, Eric Muirhead, Jon Niccum, Kera Rolsen, Mick Ryan, Julie Still, Patrick Sullivan, Aaron Rahsaan Thomas, Dan Ward, and Janeen Webb PhD.
PART I: GREAT RESPONSIBILITY
1 Boys Will Be Boys by Kayla Hodges
2 Call it, Captain by Cory S. Hollon
3 The Rise of a Reluctant Leader by Mick Ryan
4 The Unexpected Hero by Kari McEwen
5 The Command of Masks by Ronald J. Granieri
6 Ethical Excellence Through Decisive Dimness by Jeff Drake
PART II: AVENGERS ASSEMBLE!
7 Blood in the Inkwell by Geoff Harkness
8 We Could Be (Super)Heroes by Heather S. Gregg
9 When Being a Superhero Ain’t So Super by Mathew Klickstein
10 Lumberjanes and Team Building the Hardcore Lady-Type Way by Julie M. Still
11 There Was an Idea by Amelia Cohen-Levy
12 The Ordinary, Everyday Superhero by Mike Burke
PART III: GREEN LANTERN’S LIGHT!
13 The River of Truth by Matt Lancaster
14 They Only Lack the Light to Show the Way by Eric Muirhead
15 Could the Sokovia Accords Save the (Real) World? by Theresa Hitchens
16 A Fitting End for His Kind by Jo Brick
17 Injustice for All by James Groves
18 It’s Not Just Black and White by Alyssa Jones
19 Black Vibranium in the Hour of Chaos by Aaron Rahsaan Thomas
PART IV: IT’S CLOBBERIN’ TIME!
20 Who Runs the World? Squirrels! by Kelsey Cipolla
21 Your Cape and Cowl, Mr. Bond? by Mitch Brian
22 Trick or Deceit by Erica Iverson
23 Unbeatable by Dan Ward
24 The Veidt Method by Ian Boley
PART V: TO THE BATCAVE!
25 I’ve Come to Save the World by Kera Rolsen
26 Your Ancestors Called It Magic, But You Call It Science by Jonathan Klug
27 Where Does He Get All Those Wonderful Toys? by Candice E. Frost
28 To the Warrior, Their Arms by Mick Cook
29 We Need to Be Put in Check by Clara Engle
PART VI: KNEEL BEFORE ZOD!
30 The Caped Crusader and the Road to Radicalism by Max Brooks
31 Where Monsters Dwell by Steven Leonard
32 Marvel Zombies by Jon Niccum
33 Strip Mining the Superhero Archetype by Janeen Webb
34 The New Gods by Patrick Sullivan
35 ХАЙЛЬ ГИДРА! by Joshua C. Huminski
“In Power Up, one of the contributing authors tells us that ‘In our own way, we’re all Batman.’ And more than we often realize, it’s true. This collection of thoughtful essays shows us how the popular heroes of comic books and movies are actually culture carriers of leadership and values. Where generations once quoted Shakespeare’s Henry V, today we echo the words of cape-wearing crime fighters, but the lessons are no less powerful or relevant.” ~General Stanley McChrystal, U.S. Army, Retired
"Power Up accomplishes what the best superhero stories set out to do: it both entertains and makes you think." ~P.W. Singer, NY Times bestselling author of "Wired for War" and "Ghost Fleet"
"Power Up is a captivating book that merges the world of superheroes with leadership and character development. By examining the traits of beloved superheroes, the remarkable group of authors offer valuable insights on resilience, integrity, empathy, and accountability. This book empowers readers to unleash their inner hero and cultivate essential leadership qualities for the ever-changing world." ~Mike Erwin, Founder and Executive Director of Team Red, White & Blue
“A talent-packed anthology takes a thoughtful and thoroughly entertaining look at the role of superheroes in our culture. A true pleasure to read. Highly recommended!” ~Ande Parks, comic book writer and artist, and the creator and writer of the Extraction film series
“Power Up is a terrific example of the dynamic creativity of military professionalism in the West, as well as its fundamental anchoring in our dominant cultural narratives. These essays – using superhero stories and attributes as their guiding lights – prove why to bet your money on Western militaries winning wars (as well as what nerds all these authors are!)." ~Kori Schake, Director of Foreign and Defense Policy at the American Enterprise Institute and author of "Safe Passage: The Transition from British to American Hegemony"