A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
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Violence & Scariness
Lots of it, ranging from epic fantasy battles to cops and robbers realism.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some of the Vertigo titles, such as the American Virgin and Bite Club series, contain nudity and sex scenes.
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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.
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Products & Purchases
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.
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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).
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.
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