For The Young and Old Alike: When Modern and Traditional Comic Book Writing Styles Mix

All grown up an somewhat childlike? Such an oxymoronic assessment may be fitting of some of the more fun comic books to read these days.

There are three spheres comic books fall into, The first would be mature readers titles which are more thematically for adults. The others would be those comic books clearly written for a very young audience. The third would be the ones somewhere in the middle but learn towards a kid's audience.

Okay, that is fairly confusing of an assessment. Let's try to flesh this thought out a little more.

Titles such as The Walking Dead, Marvel Max Comics, Vertigo books, and many of the Ultimate books are obviously written for older audiences. These are the PG13 to R Rated titles.

Then, you have the innocuous little kid books that are not only G rated in terms be being inoffensive to young readers, the story lines are kept as simple as possible in accordance with the reading comprehension level of a young audience.

What I am enjoying are those books which are, in truth, designed for young children that have a higher level of reading comprehension. The plots are a little more involved and the themes do present morality tales and lessons to be learned. However, there is a lack of cynicism and mature themes allowing the tales to still have an old sense of comic book innocence.

Recent issues of Daredevil, The Justice League, The Flash, and Aquaman would be example of these types of titles. They remind me a lot of the Marvel books of the late 1960s and early 1980s and early 1990s. A lot of the books I read in those eras had well written plots that were geared to a younger audience, but did not insult the audience. In the 1970s, a lot of comic books were pretty bad in this regard. The writing was very formula driven and the plots thoroughly lacking in depth. I look at a title such as The Flash to be one that contains a modern, evolved writing style that style maintains the spirit of the tradition of comic books.

(By the way folks, if you follow that Daredevil link, it will lead you to a really interesting Hub article)


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