Friday, September 30, 2011

Some Additional Comic Book Rating Codes I'd Like To See

So I read DC's response to the Starfire controversy last week....


We encourage people to pay attention to the ratings when picking out any books to read themselves or for their children.

September 27, 2011 10:54 pm via webReplyRetweetFavorite
...which completely missed the entire damn point.

But maybe they're onto something. Could the problem be that the existing ratings just aren't specific enough?

With that in mind, I'd like to suggest some additional rating codes of my own. The kind that could augment the existing rating codes and give potential readers more warning:
D for "Degradation" - Contains scenes of characters, particularly female characters, in degrading situations.

F for "Fridge" - Contains scenes of a female supporting character getting killed for the sole purpose of increasing the male hero's angst.

GP for "Gore Porn" - Contains excessive shots of cannibalism, beheadings, dismemberments, maiming, exposed entrails, and/or compound fractures, all illustrated in salacious detail.

RTW for "Reinventing The Wheel" - Contains a pointless and needless retelling of a character's origin in which none of the changes are actually improvements.

L for "Lazy" - Contains a story in which a writer and/or artist clearly didn't bother researching character history, geography, or any other subject matter relevant to the story.

C for "Cheney" - Contains scenes of excessive torture porn.

S for "Scoliosis" - Contains pictures of female characters in impossible or extremely painful-looking positions, or with disturbing anatomy, for the purpose of showing off the "sexy".

R for "Racefail" - Contains a jaw-dropping level of racism, racial stereotyping, and/or racial insensitivity.

Any other suggested rating codes?


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