Avengers Vol. I - Short cut Edition Feb 10, 2010 6:49:57 GMT -5
Post by humanbelly on Feb 10, 2010 6:49:57 GMT -5
To some degree, I do kind of miss some of the restrictions the code imposed in those days. My daughter has a 4th grade friend who she says is a HUGE fan of the New Avengers. I think back to some of the stuff I've read & seen in that title (the entire team hanging naked and barely concealed in the Savage Land; that Skrull being horribly tortured to death by Masque; the extremely coarse language-- just to name a few things), and I can't imagine this being appropriate stuff for a fourth-grader at all. And I'm sure the vast majority of parents have no idea that a title they recognized as "kid-safe" in their youth has since become fare appropriate for teens & adults only. . .
Whoops-- went off on an editorial rant---
@ HB: Do you know number of the issue ? I don´t know it and I would like have a look at the cover-image.
Let's see, let's see-- strung up naked (and discretely barely covered by wandering smoke, camera angles, and possibly word balloons) in the Savage Land was in New Avengers # 4 or 5, I think. The Skrull's ugly demise was during Secret Invasion (naturally), but I couldn't tell you specifically which issue. I read them all in one stretch, and it was in the midst of several issues where the Avengers effectively didn't appear at all. The too-coarse-for-an-8-year-old language has been pretty much throughout the run.
The thing is, I'm not a prude at all-- I'm truly not. But the obvious assumption is that comic books will always be available to younger readers, unless they're specifically displayed up high with a "mature readers only" sign nearby. And is any LCS owner not going to sell a copy of New Avengers to a 7 to 10 year old w/out their parents' okay? I truly doubt it. And my other knock, of course, is that it's pure National Enquirer-level sensationalism. Titillation. The language does nothing to help tell a better story. Naked-in-the-Savage-Land even less so, and was even beyond stupid, because a conversation ensued (in those dire circumstances) about how the men had been finding themselves unusually attracted to Jessica/Spiderwoman. Squirm-factor of 11--- and much more appropriate for Heavy Metal magazine, I daresay. (Well, okay-- maybe not that extreme. . . )
The captive Skrull incident is a little different, as that was the story--- but the incident was so revolting that I wished I hadn't read it afterwards. Which seems like a really counter-productive effect to be going for, sales-wise.
Whoops-- there you go, Mich--- pulled another editorial rant out of me. . .