Now, in the year 2013, we have been in the Dark Age of Comic Books for around 30 years. No, I don’t mean that comics aren’t good anymore. When I say “dark,” I mean grim, gloomy. This is the age of comics, titles, and anti-heroes such as Watchmen, Wolverine, the Punisher, the Daredevil, and Batman: The Dark Knight Returns.
If you’re curious what is meant by the term “anti-hero,” an anti-hero is a protagonist who almost has qualities bordering those of a villain, like lacking nobility, fortitude, idealism, and/or being morally good. This is a huge craze since the mid-80s and introductions of anti-heroistic characters since then. Some recognizable characters are Ant-Man, Batman, Catwoman, Magneto, the Punisher, Rorschach, and the Wolverine.
The media is filled with these nearly household names today (well, maybe not Ant-Man). Comics are becoming less innocent, as well as their big screen counterparts. There’s more blood, more dark scenes, more screams. Overall, a more terrifying effect.
People love it.
Some characters, such as Marvel’s Spider-Man, Iron Man, and Captain America got costume makeovers. Superman was killed. Batwoman was reincarnated into a lesbian. These are just small examples of the changes in the comic book industry, giving the modern age the title “The Dark Age of Comic Books.”