What parents need to know
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?
Is it any good?
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?