The morality of comic book characters never used to be up for debate. If you were a superhero, you wore a bright costume, helped kids rescue kittens and shook hands with the police when you dropped off the criminals you apprehended, sometimes without even having to land a punch. If you were a supervillain, you admittedly had more fashion choices, but you probably threatened to kill people — if not outright do so — or attempt to rule the world with an insane cackle. Heroes didn’t carry guns or kill. Villains never won. Period.

But shortly after I started reading comics as a little kid, that all seemed to change. Around 1986 or so, heroes got dark. Marvel Comics’ first Punisher series debuted that year with former Spider-Man antagonist Frank Castle leading his own title in a hail of bullets and indignation. DC Comics’ Watchmen maxi-series hit the scene, full of…

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2 thoughts on “

  1. Judith Post says:

    I’m not a big comic book fan or fan of graphic novels, so I’d never heard of Kate Spencer, but this series sounds ahead of its time. Good for it!

  2. yeltnuh says:

    I grew up reading everything graphic, haha. This series is unique, though, I agree.

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