"I really don’t think Marvel and DC are helping things by having gritty, R-rated versions of their superheroes in their main comics – what they sell as the “real” versions – while simultaneously selling those exact same characters in kids’ comics and plastering them all over lunchboxes and animated cartoons… Casual readership by kids, or by parents for their kids, is effectively impossible the way things are currently structured. And I think the waters are muddied too far now to claw that ground back. I think it’s insane that DC have spent 70 years making Superman as big as Mickey Mouse, and branding him to be understood by parents as being pretty much as kid-friendly as Mickey Mouse, only to piss that brand away in a decade. Nothing wrong with doing mature content in comics – in fact, it should be encouraged as often as possible – but doing it with characters who are on your kids’ lunchboxes is kind of moronic. Take a lesson from Watchmen and come up with new characters for that stuff. And then go back to Superman and Batman and put the same kind of love and effort and craft and intelligence you’ve been putting into all those rape scenes and body mutilations into something kids can read, and adults can also be proud to read because of all the love and effort and craft and intelligence you’ve put into it, and make those the “real” versions."
And then you read the comments and oh my lord, the claws come out. To hear them tell it, Roger Langridge wants to come into your house, burn all your copies of Identity Crisis, and turn back time so everything's Archie, only literally (NOTE: THAT'S NOT WHAT HE SAID)
Is this where we've got to? Where we can't even suggest that maybe kid's character belong to kids first and us second (or more correctly, fourth?) Do we immediately have kick in the throat anyone who dares to say that maybe comics should be only for the same dwindling tens of thousands who haunt the direct market like a soldier's ghost on a lost battlefield?
Apparently we do, and more's the pity.We are now at the point where the ship is sinking and the one person who dares to suggest it might be time to get our collective asses to the lifeboats while we're simultaneously bucketing out the water that is rapidly filling the ship is pointed out as some kind of heretic because he has the audacity to suggest there might be an other option that could exist in tandem with the current option with only a minor redressing of the balance (emphasis mine)
Because if we can't even find it in ourselves to even have a discussion about it without getting irrational. . .Jesus, we're fucked.
I kinda wish, to teach these people a lesson, I woke up tomorrow and everything was rolled back to the early 60's or something. No Watchmen, no Dark Knight, no nothing. Dump it all, back to first positions, start over.
Superhero comics deserve better than us. I don't know if we should have the right to ruin them anymore.