Can This Really Be the End?

Nation, Salvation, Commodification, Preservation


  • Meg Worley Pomona College



messianism, superheroes, epic, narrativity


This essay begins with the close connections between messianism and superhero comics. In trying to understand how narrative functions, I take the classical epic as the master narrative and observe the ways in which the messianic tale and the comic book critique it. Looking at all three in relation to each other, we can see that death and embodiment are powerful items in the narrative toolkit, as part of a discourse of preservation in which narrative genres speak back and forth between cultural contexts.

Author Biography

Meg Worley, Pomona College

Assistant Professor of English


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How to Cite

Worley, M. (2010). Can This Really Be the End? Nation, Salvation, Commodification, Preservation. Postscripts: The Journal of Sacred Texts, Cultural Histories, and Contemporary Contexts, 3(2-3), 149–161.