Do villains need to rape, torture or mutilate people for us to hate them? Or maybe the reverse is true: Sometimes we can invest more in a villain, if his or her evildoing is creative and leaves more to our imaginations. Sometimes with villains, brutality is the lesser path. Here's our plea for more subtle monsters.
Recently we promoted an observation deck post about Mark Millar's and Todd McFarlane's comments on gender, and violence, in comics. The two creators discussed their views on comics diversity, and fielded some criticism about the use of rape and extreme violence in comics. Mark Millar claimed that, "The ultimate [act] that would be the taboo, to show how bad some villain is, was to have somebody being raped, you know? I don't really think it matters. It's the same as, like, a decapitation. It's just a horrible act to show that somebody's a bad guy."