“Sometimes it can got too far like The Walking Dead falling into the ‘torture porn’ category. I get the feeling you’re meaning superhero comics rather than comics in general? But comic books are a form of escapism arguably like most forms of entertainment. Superheroes for example appeal because they beat the guy who deserves being hit in the face by doing just that. Which is something everyone has undeniably wanted to do. But we can’t because there’s consequences. And we’re told from childhood that is not the way to do things. Plus comics are very visual, people talking is dull and boring to draw. Unless you’re a ridiculously talented artist, it would be very hard to keep a ‘talking heads’ series going with no action at all. But a guy being thrown out (or even through) a building or punching another guy’s jaw off? Very fun to draw. Ask Ryan Ottely.”
“I think comics especially superhero comics are pretty tame in terms of violence. I would say that most of the afternoon and evening kids programming on the Nick channels, Cartoon network, and Disney XD is on par with what is on the stands and that gets a passing rating all the time. Comicbooks are a form of myth when done right and in that context violence is part of the eternal struggle between good and evil.”
“I actually like extreme violent porn rape comics like Suehiro Mauro makes. And yet I am the most non-violent person you’ll ever meet. I don’t mind what a comic does, so long as it’s not boring or poorly done.”
My take is closer to those who are saying “Comic books are a medium, so it’s hard to generalize, but if you’re talking about superhero comics, then, yeah, probably.” But then, I’m a punching prude that way. The idea, though, that violence is somehow necessary for superhero comics…? I’m not sure that I really buy that. An easy way to illustrate (and resolve) conflict, sure, but necessary…?