Chris Gavaler

Opposition and Sister Squares

Chris Gavaler is an associate professor at W&L University, where he serves as comics editor of Shenandoah. His books include: On the Origin of Superheroes (Iowa 2015), Superhero Comics (Bloomsbury 2017), Superhero Thought Experiments (with Nathaniel Goldberg, Iowa 2019), Revising Fiction, Fact, and Faith (with Nathaniel Goldberg, Routledge 2020), and Creating Comics (with Leigh Ann Beavers, Bloomsbury 2021). His visual work appears in Ilanot ReviewNorth American ReviewAquifer, and other journals. He reviews graphic novels monthly at and blogs weekly at