Wednesday, January 12, 2005

In a couple Marvel comics I just got yesterday there was a double-page
spread ad for The ad is a close-ip on someone's face, photo,
not drawing. Their eyelids have been sewn shut and a scapple with 'seek
truth' on it is getting ready to cut the stitchs.

I have my own views about the Truth campaign concerning tobacco (its a
money grab) but the ad itself is tasteless.

The New Avengers #2

A rating of PSR

Continued from #1, a large prison break at a place called The Raft, think

Spiderman gets blasted into a large group of supervillains, one of which
visibly breaks his arm. Later on he's shown to still be beaten on, bloodied
face, bruised (mask ripped off earlier).

A character called Sentry flies into space with the villain known as
Carnage and rips in half. Carnage is a symbiote, I believe created from the
villain Venom. Last I knew they both had to have a human host to function.

Crossing Boundaries: The last page has The Purple Man telling Luke Cage
to kill the other heroes then himself. The Purple Man, from what I know, is
an older villain who wasn't recently updated in a Marvel MAX series called
Alias. MAX books are supposed to be more mature, for adults, like DC's
Vertigo. From what I understand Alias fits the 'more mature' category and
then some.

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Astonishing X-Men #17

It has a PSR rating, I'll have a page up soon explaining those.

An ongoing plot in this X-Men title (not sure about the others) is that a
'cure' has been found for mutants. Meaning someone like Cyclops could get a
shot and he'd no longer shoot beams out of his eyes or always have to wear
protective glasses.

In the last issue a villain who worked the people that created the cure,
forcibly gave it to a student at Xavier's and took away his power of flight.

In this issue the boy is walking around despondent and comes to a cliff.
Another student, a girl, comes up and they talk briefly. The boy asks what
the girl would do and she says "Well, If I had any real guts at all... I'd
jump off a cliff." The scene ends there.

The last few pages starts with other X-Men talking about the boy and the
girl from the earlier conversation says she couldn't fin him anywhere. We
then have 7 large frames slowly zooming in to the boy lying the bottom of
the cliff in a broken position, his eyes roling to the back of head. The
last shot is a fullpage showing him actually lying in the Danger Room.

Whether he jumped or was pushed isn't clear.

Tuesday, December 21, 2004


I'll be away starting tomorrow until after New Year's. This certainly isn't a merry blog but I do hope you have a Merry Christmas!

Flippin' Through

One argument in the comments, and I noticed in another blog, was that parents should be able to just flip through a book and decide if its appropriate.

I believe it was the November issue of Adventures of Superman that had a substory with the new big villain Preus. Preus has taken over some kind of tent community and is using them as forced labor. In the beginning of the book we have Preus making eyes at some of the women, and then one in particular. Later on we have him standing outside a cabin talking to two men who are his gophers. Preus has red stains on his front and says something along the lines that he needs another woman, that humans are somewhat 'fragile'. The two men look like they're going to puke. He basically raped the woman to death.

Unless you read 60% of the book you wouldn't have understood anything that happened. Simply flipping through wouldn't have caught it.

Also, this is the difference between violence and depravity. There was no violence to be seen but the story being told was 100% disgusting.

Monday, December 20, 2004

Identity Crisis #7 / DC

No CCA. No MR.

Someone mentioned spoilers in the comments. I'm not going to put spoilers in every post, this whole site is a spoiler by nature. But this once I'll give a heads up.


Jean Loring did it. Big whoop. Nothing violent in this issue. The only really depraved thing that happened was Ray Palmer allowing his ex-wife to be taken to a mental institution known as Arkham Asylum. You have to really hate someone to put them there. Nobody gets better, in fact people wind up dead pretty regularly.

Before Dead Chicks I had written about Identity Crisis a couple times on my other site, here and here. The depth of disgust I have for DC over this is hard to describe.

We have what looks like a brutal murder in issue #1, a rape in #2 and in #4 we have an innocent man die from a boomerang in his chest. A boomerang! And now in the end we have culprit who is simply a very sad and deranged woman.

I haven't gotten a page on the standards yet but here is a link to the CCA. I realize its dated but it does make a certain distinction that's important: "In every instance good shall triumph over evil and the criminal punished for his misdeeds." In this story the killer wasn't evil and the heroes weren't good. It was a giant sadistic story about nothing. To believe in everything is to believe in nothing and to believe in nothing is to believe in everything. That's a terrible thing to push on a child whose main purpose at that stage in life is to be looking for something.

And yes this was sold to kids. There's no Mature Readers label on this. Elongated Man lost his wife but Batman is on I think 4 covers, Wonder Woman on 2 and Superman on 1. I mentioned this on my previous post about Robin. It was his dad that was killed by the boomerang so if your a Robin reader you need IC for the story. Robin is in Teen Titans which is also dealing with IC fallout so back to IC. Sometimes I get mad at titles when they don't use footnotes like they use to (check out issue ### for the details!). Well... they did it in the most recent issue of Flash! and where did they point them? IC!

Shame on DC and everyone who had a hand in this.

Robin #133 / DC

CCA label.

Robin is one of the fallout victims of the current big DC event called Identity Crisis which my next post will deal with.

This issue wasn't that bad, one dream sequence with Robin seeing people close to him who have recently died, his father, one serious girlfriend, one not so serious (all from the past 4-6 months btw). In the sequence it shows the father with worms coming out of his mouth and nose. A rough view of death considering how recent the loss.

The really odd event in this book is one I wouldn't know how to rate even if I was still rating. The villain Blockbuster was lethally shot in the head in another Bat-title, Nightwing. There was some question about him maybe still being alive in this title. Turns out he is dead, but The Penguin had him stuffed. As an adult there's a certain humor in seeing one villain having another as a trophy. In a kid's book its a bit disturbing.

Friday, December 17, 2004


There have been comments about my ratings, particularly the depravity part. I think I'm just going to drop the rating bit altogether. The description should be enough for you to make up your own mind.

Depravity wasn't the best term but it was the only one I could come up with. I don't have a problem with the idea of violence or sex. They are both a part of life. It is the detail that the comics get into, far beyond anything realistic, that crosses over into depravity.

Aquaman #25 / DC

No CCA, No MR.

The ongoing plot line in Aquaman this year has been the sinking of part of
San Diego into the ocean and the residents being turned into
water-breathers. Somehow the shock off this has been overcome quickly and
organized crime is already a problem (go figure).

We have a scene where Aquaman confronts a local drug dealer (some kind of
liquid heroin) who is caught selling to a couple who used to be TV
celebrities before the sinking. They have given all their jewels for the
drug and now the husband prostitutes the wife to the dealer. This isn't
spelled out, we simply have the husband outside upset and inside when
Aquaman barges in the wife is naked from the back and the dealer is half

A little earlier several men are shown filing their teeth. These are the
henchmen of the deal and they attack Aquaman and his new female partner,
Lorena. One of the henchmen sink their teeth into the calf of Lorena.

There is another scene early on, its not explained in anyway. It shows a
polic officer with a machine gun, a corpse chained to his car, blood all
over. The grill of the car is a skeleton. No clue.

Sunday, December 12, 2004

Outsiders #18 / DC

No "Mature Reader" label.

The second of a 3-parter dealing with kidnapping/child slavery/pedophilia.
It guest stars John Walsh. Whether
it should have a label or not because of the subject I'm
not sure. I'm not against subjects being talked about
its how they are being talked about if at all.

Overall the violence is mild until you get to the last
page where Roy finds his own daughter has been kidnapped
and the babysiter (man) is sitting on the floor, shot
through the head, a trail of blood leadin upwars to the
initial splatter.

What's important to note is that this title has
carried the MR label in the past. Which means they
are not being consistent in who they are trying to
market this to.

Violence: 3 Sex: 0 Depravity: 2

Saturday, December 11, 2004

Detective Comics #801 / DC

CCA labeled.

A very dark issue overall. Scene of a couple yelling and screaming at each, the wife pulling a butcher knife on the husband. Quick scene of two people smoking a crack pipe. Another scene of a society girl dead from an overdose, needle sticking out of her arm, eyes rolled to the back of her head.

Later the man who gave her the drugs is on the run to his dealer. He's in the dealer's apartment. He asks whats on the floor. The deal says its a tarp to avoid the mess. We get a shot of the man's feet on the tarp, then a switch blade, then of the man's feet again in a struggling motion and blood spilling to the ground.

There's some fighting between Batman and the dealer and his thugs, nothing out of the ordinary.

Violence: 3 Sex: 0 Depravity: 5

JSA #68 / DC

This has the Comics Code Authority label.

A timetravel story involving the current JSA (Justice Society of America) and the JSA of the 40's. Because of the time travel aspect its stated that what follows can be undone. Which means its also an excuse to go as far as they want.

Halfway through the book assassins are sent to kill the current Stargirl's family. It starts with her step-father being shot in the head, showing blood coming out the back.

On the next page, first panel, Stargirl strikes back blasting one of the killers' arm to the bone. Second panel, 4 killers surround and shoot her mother and step-brother. Third panel shows her baby sister crying. 4th panel shows a gun going off with Stargirl yelling her sister's name.

Next page Stargirl blows out the side of the house and stabs a killer through the shoulder with her starlance.

The next few pages show Stargirl with blood on her chest while she talks then leaves with a time traveler sent to help, leaving the out that she can still save her family.

I repeat, this has the CCA.

Violence : 5 Sex : 0 Depravity : 5