Law and the Multiverse

Law and the Multiverse is a blog about the hypothetical legal ramifications of comic book tropes, characters, and powers.  Published three days per week at lawandthemultiverse.com, the authors of Law and the Multiverse present this monthly column exclusive to SftC.

Law and the Multiverse

Transformers: Immigrants in Disguise?

Transformers: Immigrants in Disguise?

This month’s column was inspired by a question from Hoop, who asks:

Depending on which version of the Transformers story you prefer, the Autobots either A: came here in the modern day, which means they would have to somehow be subject to U.S. immigration law, or B: crash-landed well before humans occupied the North American continent, and only awakened in the 1980s.  As such, would they be granted retroactive…

The Guardianship of Bruce Wayne

The Guardianship of Bruce Wayne

The story of Bruce Wayne’s childhood has been retold many times.  Originally, Bruce Wayne was raised by his uncle, Phillip Wayne, after the death of his parents, Thomas and Martha Wayne.  Later this was changed so that Bruce was raised by the family butler, Alfred Pennyworth.  But according to unofficial family trees, there may have been several other…

Bruce Banner, Juvenile Delinquent

Bruce Banner, Juvenile Delinquent

This month’s column was inspired by a question from Emily, who asked about teenage Bruce Banner’s attempted bombing of his school in Incredible Hulk vol.2 #77-81 (“Tempest Fugit”).  In the story (told through flashbacks) we learn that young Bruce Banner had an imaginary friend named the Hulk…an imaginary friend that encourages Banner to smash things.  After some bullying incidents at the school, Bruce awakens to find the Hulk informing him that…

The Devil and Homer Simpson

The Devil and Homer Simpson

This month’s post was inspired by this note from Jamas, who writes:

In Treehouse of Horror IV, the segment ‘The Devil and Homer Simpson‘ has Homer give his soul to the Devil in return for a doughnut. After finally eating the doughnut, the Devil turns up to get the soul, but Marge convinces him to have a…

Avengers Academy and the Duty to Rescue

Avengers Academy and the Duty to Rescue

Today we have a great question that raises issues surrounding the duty to rescue and the duty of care owed when someone attempts a rescue.  We’ve talked about the duty to rescue twice before, but this is a really great fact pattern.  Any of our law student readers who are currently in a torts class should find this particularly interesting.

Joe writes:

I have a question about Avengers Academy #37, which…

Dodging Missiles, Attracting Liability?

Dodging Missiles, Attracting Liability?

This month’s column was inspired by a question from Promethee, who writes:

I’m watching Ironman 2 (I know, I’m late) but something that seems to happen quite a lot (and come to think of it happens in like every other superhero movie) is the scene where the hero is being chased by some sort of tracking missiles. At that point, the hero flies at some sort of building and when really close,…

Wolfram & Hart and…Legal Ethics?

Wolfram & Hart and…Legal Ethics?

The inspiration for this month’s column comes from a question from Arthur, who writes:

On Joss Whedon’s show Angel, the law firm Wolfram and Hart hire Angel as CEO. As far as I know, if you incorporate a law firm, it can only be owned by lawyers. Does any rule like this apply to officer positions as well? Would there be any legal ramifications of having Angel as their CEO without any business or…

Daredevil and International Law

Daredevil and International Law

The most recent issue of Mark Waid’s fantastic run of Daredevil raises some interesting questions related to international law, which is always a tricky area.  Spoilers ahead!

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Ororo T’Challa, Career Criminal?

Ororo T’Challa, Career Criminal?

This month’s column was inspired by a question from Drew, who asks:

I am interested in hearing your thoughts on the legal ramifications of weather manipulation powers.

Based on past articles, I assume violent weather created to destroy (tornado, hurricane) would likely run into assault/murder/property damage/etc laws, what about simply weather reasonably possible for the time of year and location? 

This is an interesting set of questions for more reasons than one, as we shall see.

I….

The Day Superman Broke the Law?

The Day Superman Broke the Law?

For our inaugural post here at Subculture for the Cultured we picked a great Silver Age Superman story, “The Day Superman Broke the Law” from Superman #153.  The story was reprinted in Showcase Presents: Superman vol. 3, which is probably easier to find than the original issue.  If you aren’t familiar with the story (and we wouldn’t blame you!), the DC wiki entry has a good plot…