Re: Villain Round-Up: Aug. 29, 2008 (Score: 1)
posted Monday, September 01, 2008 - 10:32 AM (#44563
When I hear "comics are for kids" I agree wholeheartedly, but of course if you throw in the word "just" I roll my eyes as well.
Of course there are comics that aren't intended and simply don't work for kids (I think Watchmen would fit into this category) and there are some comics that work on more than one level (I think kids can enjoy Marvel's "Civil War" as a big superhero brawl, while adults can interpret it as a real world analogy. I can actually do both ;-)).
Btw. I ask myself where these guys have been all the years. A villain suited all "deviantly"? That's so 1980! Even for the X-men.
However I also think that kids don't need as much protection as some people seem to believe. I did read the x-men as as a kid in the 80s and for me the Hellfire Club's "uniforms" were not much different from other villains costumes - at least at first. By the time I saw them as what they are, there were far better and more direct ways to see some skin :) and neither that nor comics turned me into a deviant.
tl;dr- kids see the world (or comics for that matter) not as sexualised as "mature" people anyways, they'll most likely just see a villainess that tortures a captive and that works for their understanding of the story as. So get over it, the world has enough real problems, don't invent problems were there are none.