Note: I apologize in advance if the word trend seems too strong, but only so much space for titling. We've had this discussion before many times, and will likely see others discussing the same: http://www.toonzone.net/forums/showthread.php?t=268359 Since the 90s and up to now there've been complaints about how comic books (most notably super hero titles from Marvel & DC) have become too dark and too cynic. Not to mention the overall usage of gratuitous sex and violence. But then even stories with adult content aren't bad. Just the stories that handle them in an irresponsible manner. I too share that complain as well as hoping that publishers will realize that dark and gratuitous content is overdone, but could be handled a lot better. But critique and hope aren't good enough. To really motivate the publishing companies to change their writing approach we need to ignore the titles that contain these problems and buy the titles that are: A. Devoid of said content. B. Not too dependant on them or handle them with care. Now to specify, this isn't a thread to share which comics you simply think are good as fun comics may not necessarily be good. That is up to the reader who takes our picks to heart. But merely this topic is to list the comics you've read that either go against the trend and how they do so. Don't just list, but specify. Trade Paperbacks and Manga will be accepted on this thread. The comics/manga I've read that fit the criteria: 1. Booster Gold: Now I apologize if it seems I gush over this title, but it tends to be one of the rare mainstream titles that is well balanced in both light and dark hearted stories in the same comic. Adult content while existing isn't overdone. 2. Love & Capes: Much like the early years of Adult Swim, the titles main priority is good writing rather than trying to prove that it's for adults. Being that it's a comedy, darkness isn't an issue. Plus the female characters whether civilian or superhuman are entertaining in their own right and aren't used as sex objects (Not that they aren't sexy of course). So incidently, we don't have to worry about Women in the Refrigerator here. And while the comic is a continuing love story, each issue manages to move the story along while working as a standalone (much like Dan Slott's Batman Adventures and to a degree his She-Hulk run). 3. Case Closed (with it's real title being Detective Conan in Japan): The manga and anime is a murder mystery, so of course murders are common place. And while some of the violence level can be intense, it isn't overdone and isn't out of place. And oddly enough, the manga doesn't feel depressing overall. 4. Gargoyles Clan Building and Gargoyles Bad Guys (Both trades): Unlike the cartoon, the comics now trades are aimed at the teen audience. And while Weisman did take advantage of the freedom, he didn't abuse it. The content didn't feel overused or again out of place. Heck, a good portion of chapters were almost at the level of the cartoon save for some scenes. 5. Batman The Brave and The Bold (Which as of November will be relaunched as "The All New Batman: The Brave and The Bold), Super Hero Squad & Marvel Adventures (Spider-Man and Avengers): Since there's not much to say, I'm putting them all here. Basically these stories are a modern day Silver Age comic. No psychovillains or rape. Not to mention each tell their stories in a single issue. 6. Darkwing Duck: Much like the cartoon that spawned it, the comic is mainly comedy with some emotional moments in it. But even the serious moments don't drag the comic down. 7. Usagi Yojimbo: I've only skimmed a book or two, but poster Angilasman gave a good description on: 8. The Flash: Haven't read it myself, but fellow mod Jin Kazama states it to be a fun title with maybe a bit of police or crime drama. If you're reading this Jin, feel free to back me up here. Because as I said before, critiquing comics for tactless rape and gore alone isn't going to improve the situation. Buying the comics that lack or handled them better in the long run will. And as I stated in other threads, if you already vote with your wallet, point these and other titles out to some who share our complaints. Remember, this isn't restricted to kid friendly/all ages material, but also adult comics which better execute adult matters. And again, don't just list the alternatives, but specify what they offer as opposed to the problematic comics.