Fox DC on Comics

The Fox 5 story on comic books is now online– it’s more nuanced than I expected, but still pretty silly.

The biggest problem (and I hinted at this in my earlier post) is that stories like this treat comics as a genre and not a media. Criticizing comics on the DC relaunch is like judging the film industry on Deuce Bigalow 2.

There’s at least one extremely fair point in there, though: The advertisements in many “mature” comics do seem to target kids. That seems like a tacit admission that the publishers intend (or at least expect) them to end up in kids hands.

But why, after establishing that these comics aren’t for children, does Sherri Ly take them to a middle school “to see what kids think”? For the same reason she shows us comparisons between the older/more innocent and new darker/adult versions of Batman, Catwoman, and Starfire: it’s a forced attempt to manufacture outrage.


Relaunched Comics Using Sex and Violence To Sell:


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