Sunday, August 24, 2008

Wow. We Do Not Approve

Rarely are we disgusted. Rarely are we offended by comics. Rarely are we disgusted by violence. Rarely are we offended by violence in comics. However, we saw this image from Avatar Press' first issue of Crossed and it pretty much damn near freaked us out:

So, what's up with our reaction? For one, it is worth knowing that we knew nothing about this upcoming title beyond the solicitation in Previews. It so shocked, no disturbed us, that we did a bit of sleuthing and found this article on Newsarama. Okay, interesting premise ... but the images of people being thrown alive from what appears to be a moving plane, we could do without. Flying is disturbing enough, we just don't need this kind of imagery floating around our grey matter at 30,000 feet. Some of you might be freaked out at the more obvious murder angle, or perhaps violence against women (or the elderly, or anyone else for that matter). Others may cheer for violence in all it's forms. Even we wonder how this differs from the senseless violence not shown, but usually understood, in many of the superhero books we crave. Another caveat: We've always liked Garth Ennis's writing, but this seems to have gone too far for us. Not our cup of tea. Still, it does point to the diversity of markets for graphic fiction that something like this could be published. So, what say you? Where does this fall in your acceptability continuum? Perhaps we are getting old. Sigh.

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Blogger skullduggery said...

Oh the horror.

You know, if you don't want to see 'blood and guts', don't buy a horror title.
Now granted, there is psychological horror that doesn't necessarily result in 'blood and guts', but I don't think there was anything about the solicitiation for this particular series that suggested
a) it was not a horror title
b) there would be a shortage of blood and guts
I don't think this one was misrepresented at all when it was listed in Previews.
Perhaps you should read a little more closely next time.

11:12 PM  
Blogger Fanboy said...

It's not that we thought it was misrepresented. It was really a response to the image, which we first saw in Previews along with the solicitation. Our was really a visceral response. By all means buy it. It's just not for us.

10:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thats because you are afraid of flying....chicken.

2:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fanboy must be a sissy girl.

10:20 AM  
Anonymous LennyP said...

Garth Ennis has always been known as an author to go for shock value. He is a very good writer too if you can stomach it. The fact that you blogged about his book with no intention speaks about the value of being outrageous.

5:03 PM  

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