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Kapow! Mature stuff lurks in shadows of comic hub.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Message boards encourage users to be respectful and helpful.

Violence

Lots of it, ranging from epic fantasy battles to cops and robbers realism.

Sex

Some of the Vertigo titles, such as the American Virgin and Bite Club series, contain nudity and sex scenes.

Language

Four-letter words don't make the cut on message boards, but variations like "WTF" and "F#^k" do. There's cursing in some Vertigo titles.

Consumerism

Though there are links to booksellers and a few scattered ads, this content-rich site isn't overly commercial.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Characters smoke pot in Vertigo's title, Lucifer: Devil in the Gateway.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that most of this site is fine for older tweens and young teens, but kids might stumble on some explicit material in the comics such as swearing, epic fantasy battles, and nudity and sex scenes. The site does warn users that they're about to encounter explicit material, but that's probably more of a draw than a deterrent. The message boards are moderated and four-letter words get the star treatment (**** that is).

What's it about?

The home of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, DC Comics has been in the heroes and villains business for more than 70 years. And, with DCCOMICS.COM's sneak peeks at upcoming issues, podcasts, downloads, message boards, news, and much more, users can get caught up in the DC universe.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

One of the coolest features is the origin stories section, which catalogs how classic characters like the Green Lantern and Plastic Man became superhuman. On the other end of the spectrum from the adventures of crime-fighting do-gooders is the stuff found in the brand Vertigo, a venue for more "literary" content that didn't fit the usual superhero mold. It's kind of like the HBO of DC Comics -- with sophisticated storytelling and stylized art, but also some cartoon nudity, sex, swearing, drug use, and/or dark and disturbing scenes. (In Lucifer: Devil in the Gateway, a disabled teenager chokes on his own vomit while the title character looks on.) Not for the faint of heart, and definitely not for kids.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether comics have the same effect on kids as "real" images. Does a shocking or inappropriate drawing make less of an impression than a photo or video of the same nature, or can it be just as detrimental? Families can also discuss which comics kids like and why. Are they drawn to the storylines? The art? If they were to create their own comic, what would it be like?

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Pricing structure:Free

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Parent Written byfulvietta April 9, 2008

Too Much Role Playing

These are fictional characters, don't play up to the real world. To some kids, they might want to put it in action in real life. Especially kids that are unstable. Use it as an escape from their real life.
Teen, 14 years old Written byRyukGodOfDeath April 18, 2009

Ok.......

I cant belive your giving it a 13+!!! In my jr school they had loads of them! Like "The New Adventures"! When my teacher told me and my class to do a libery visit, me and my mates just sat on the chairs, layed back and piked up a DCcomic. Bye the time we had left the school, we had proberly read all of them! And tell me, who Doesnt like Batman Robin Spiderman The x-men super man ect??? .... 5+ because it has some girls in bikinis in some of them.

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