Definitely not relating to any comic released today, at all, MTVGeek’s Valerie Gallaher finds herself asking Killing Kids in Comic Books: Acceptable or Tasteless?:
After observing the comics community for the last decade, it has been increasingly clear to me that as the level of violence — against children and otherwise — gets “amped up” in comics, many dedicated fans become deeply defensive about anyone criticizing it. Other fans do get upset over the violence in general, and wonder if comics “are for kids anymore” (answer: probably still in the true mainstream, but mostly not in superhero-land). It is a complicated issue, and I am not saying one side is right, or one side is wrong.
It’s an important, if somewhat uncomfortable, question, and one that raised other, similarly uncomfortable, questions (If killing kids isn’t the stuff of entertainment, then what is the right age where such deaths become acceptable?). It reminds me of my surprising-to-me squeamishness over the Punisher post-Newtown, something that I’m still unsure about: Am I being too sensitive to pop culture, or is there actually a problem with that character’s portrayal in the current social climate?