Batman cursing stirs controversyWritten by Jim Beard | | firstname.lastname@example.org
As of issue No. 10, it truly is unreadable — at least to most readers. It’s been ordered destroyed.
The series has been fairly liberal with its use of adult language but for the more extreme examples DC has “black boxed” the offending words. A supposed printer’s error allowed somewhat-transparent little grey boxes to float above the swearing in No. 10 and a few choice words that some may find unsettling and uncomfortable were plainly visible on the printed pages.
DC quickly sent out a note to retailers that a “mistake” had been made and that new printings would soon be available — and oh yes, would they kindly pulp the “rude” editions?
Human nature was swiftly confirmed as an unknown quantity of the book mysteriously made its way to eBay.
In the end, what are we to believe? Was an honest mistake made? Or does a nice, neat controversy help a long-suffering “monthly” book that’s lost readers by the droves and has only managed to put out ten issues in three years? And did DC truly expect that the issue would be dutifully destroyed by its customers?
Regardless, don’t bother to rush out to your local comic shops — no copies have yet to be reported as being shipped to the Glass City.