Quote of the Day: J. Caleb Mozzocco on Batman Plans

Detective Comics #0

J. Caleb Mozzocco, as part of a lengthy links column, said:

Don’t like stories of The Joker raping people? Why not try Batman’s sister book, wherein we’ll be exploring Batman’s issues with emotional intimacy.

You know, sometimes I think I might no longer be in DC’s target audience anymore. The times when I hear them announce things and parts of my brain explode.

This was in response to a con report about the upcoming Detective Comics #0. I’m with Caleb — I’m clearly not the kind of reader or customer they are interested in, because I’m repulsed by much of what they seem to find selling points. I do appreciate people like Caleb keeping me aware of what’s going on, though, so I know if it’s ever safe to come back.

3 Responses to “Quote of the Day: J. Caleb Mozzocco on Batman Plans”

  1. Thad Says:

    I’m still really hoping Snyder’s “rape and kill and mutilate” comment was some weird figure of speech and the Joker’s not actually going to rape anybody.

    Or mutilate anyone, either, really.

    But at this point I can’t say I’d be surprised by much of anything.

  2. Bytowner Says:

    There are characters in the various DCU heroes’ rogues galleries for whom it would sadly be entirely in character. Just not sure that any of the Bat-villain versions of the Joker should be among them.


    *twitches nervously*

  3. Anthony Says:

    Given the Joker’s only purpose in modern comics is whatever shock-value violence crosses DC’s writers’ minds, I’m *not* surprised if he’s shown as raping anyone… or anything else he does that’s gruesomely violent at this point.

    I cynically half-suspect his comic fanbase at this point would be more outraged/up in arms online if he were shown sporting frontal nudity than if he’s shown raping children/lynching Gotham’s NAACP chapter and shoving watermelons in their mouths/tying to a fence post the dead bodies of everyone in some gay nightclub/whatever other awfulness crosses the writers’ minds. But hey, he’s “the best super-villain ever!”, if I’m to believe general sentiment among superhero fans… if that’s the “best”, I’ll stick with Archie/comic strips, thanks.




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