What's up with the black bars in dialogue? (WARNING: possible offensive language)
OK, read no further if you are offended by "four-letter words". I can't discuss this topic without mentioning the words involved. This is a serious question. Fair Warning...
I'm just mystified by these black bars that are appearing (specifically, in MISS FURY #2 and BLACK BAT #1). Never noticed these before in a Dynamite comic. It's not that I'm offended by "adult language" or anything. I guess it's Dynamite's call as to whether or not that kind of language is appropriate for the book in question. What has me scratching my head is this...
If you're going to use the language, then use it. Don't put a black bar where it's obvious in context that the word you want to convey to the audience is fuck. Now, in BLACK BAT #1, this occurs a couple of times. Otherwise there's nothing in the book that would earn it more than a PG rating. So, make up your mind. Do you want to use adult language or not? If it's appropriate to the series, then make the decision to use it. If it's not, then don't use it. Or go the weenie route and come up with some analogous expression like "Frag it!". With the black bars, it's like you want to be "adult" but are afraid to.
MISS FURY #2 presents an even worse example. Here we get the black bars again, when it's obvious in context that the word you want to convey is fuck. Yet, in this series, we see people having sex, and in a couple of instances the expletive "Shit!" appears. So there's no way this is a book for kids and teens, anyway. It's R-rated already, despite blacking out the fucks. So make up your mind already, can the world handle a Dynamite comic with adult language and situations? I'd say you already crossed that line with using the word shit and drawings of people having sex, yet somehow our eyes are too delicate to handle the F-word? It's as if we paid our money to see an R-rated movie, the actors were paid to use the scriptwriter's dialogue, and every time an actor says the word fuck, there a loud BLEEEEEEEEEEEEP. It takes you out of the drama and makes you aware that you're watching a movie. Same with these black bars in the comic.
Very interested in hearing how other people feel about this, or even opinions about whether or not Dynamite should use adult language in its comics in the first place.
DE pull list: Betty Boop, Wonder Woman '77 Meets The Bionic Woman, Will Eisner's The Spirit: The Corpse Makers, Edgar Rice Burroughs' The Greatest Adventure, Mighty Mouse