The discussion in class today about the age-specific-ness of Watchmen brought up a lot of questions for me. While I will agree with Alex M., that most superhero comics are simpler than Watchmen, comics in general seem aimed at young males.
So, what classifies a comic (or other work) as something not acceptable for the younger generation? Is it the profanity, the sex, darker concepts? At what age do we stop forcing our children to watch wholesome Disney movies and allow them to watch/read the “darker stuff”? And if Watchmen is aimed at adults, then why is it in graphic novel form? For many adults, comics have a negative stereotype as being for the children, and very few would even attempt to pick up this work from a bookstore’s shelves.
What about gender-specification? Women’s comics are romance-fests and men’s comics are virtual massacres…Yes, there’s a stereotype there, but upon perusing the local comic store, I noticed it everywhere I looked. So, yes, I feel Watchmen is a comic aimed at men. I don’t believe that women can’t enjoy it, but no attempt was made towards any strong, likeable females, I feel. But, is that what it takes for women to read comics?