Setting The Bar: Comic Book Super-Lawyers

The recent years have seen a massive resurgence of the superhero genre, both in movies and on TV. Gone are the days when superhero-related media revolved around the same few characters over and over again; in addition to Batman and Spider-Man, the general public is now also more aware of characters like Ant-Man, Black Panther, Cyborg, Black Lighting, and Killer Frost.

That being said, it’s easy to forget that there are superheroes that don’t only fight for justice out on the streets, but in the courtrooms as well. These characters provide an interesting look at how the “champions of justice” view the legal systems of their world. Let’s take a look at a few:

Kate Spencer: Manhunter

While not as popular as her green-skinned Martian counterpart, Kate Spencer saw moderate popularity during her run in the early 2000’s. A court prosecutor who was angry at how rich villains were able to cheat the system, she donned a suit that made her stronger and faster, allowing her to take justice into her own hands.

Matt Murdoch: Daredevil

Perhaps the most famous comic book lawyer, Matt Murdoch, better known as Daredevil, the Man Without Fear, battled street-level crime both in the courts and on the streets. A great mix of brains and brawn, Daredevil has recently seen resurgence in popularity thanks to not one, but two shows on Netflix: A Daredevil solo title, and the Defenders, a series that brings the Netflix Marvel characters together

Jennifer Walters: She-Hulk

Despite being a member of both The Avengers and The Fantastic Four, poor Jen was often overlooked because of her big, angry cousin’s popularity. Fortunately, the past few years saw She-Hulk’s popularity rise thanks to titles like A-Force, an all-female team she was a prominent part of, as well as her own solo title. In fact, Ms. Walters made it to #18 on IGN’s list of their Top 50 Avengers.

Do you have a favorite comicbook lawyer, whether hero or villain? Be sure to let us know!