There is just so much that this person just doesn't get.
Like, for instance... can someone describe how, exactly, the Super Hero Squad is "scary"? And isn't suggesting that kids will just "grow up thinking that Earth's Mightiest Heroes is made up of midgets and little people" kind of silly? A little like suggesting kids should never see the Sunday comic strips because Charlie Brown is a short, fat little kid with a huge head? They should probably stay away from cartoons involving animals as, by that logic, kids will grow up thinking dogs, pandas and hedgehogs can talk. And the shocks in store when they find out that plumbers don't grow after running into magic mushrooms. Suggesting that kids are going to be in for a shock when discovering that "regular" comics (and what, tell me, is "regular"? Only mainstream comic characters? Only characters from the Big 2? Only top-tier characters from the Big 2?) don't look like the Squad is an alright proposition, but honestly, not every representation in "regular" comics will look like a Simon Bianchi cover. That's like suggesting Bill Sienkiewicz should never have been involved with such classic stories as Demon Bear-era New Mutants or Elektra: Assassin because it wouldn't look like most other interpretations. Or, on a similar argument, suggesting that only artists with narrow ability to mimic the style guides should have employment. Goodbye Chris Bachalo, until you learn to conform! Zeb Wells you are on notice!
Anyway, I'm sorry Mr. McMillan thinks the Squad is Marvel's torpedo, diluting their strength, scary, and weird.
Oh, and families... if you visit the article, be wary of the comments. There are some people who just hate cute.
Labels: lighten up, op-ed, Super Hero Squad