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Thursday, June 25, 2020 

News Lagoon says Batman cover brings to mind Aurora shooting

The News Lagoon wrote a column commenting on at least a few items from comicdom's past week, and what raised my eyebrows was this:
Lastly to DC Comics: who in their right minds decides with all that’s going on in the world, that a cover like the one below which directly makes a connection to an absolutely horrific and traumatic event like the Aurora Shooting where people died is acceptable to publish??? At best it is a tone-deaf mistake. At worst it exposes an absolute lack of editorial insight bordering on the absurd at one of comics largest publishers. We are complicit in that we published. The early look which did not have the final wording which we should not have done, and for that, we can only apologize for our own lack of sensitivity to this issue. WTF does not begin to cover it…
So the writer thinks the cover for Batman #93, spotlighting none other than the Joker, is reminiscent of the Aurora bloodbath, which took place at a screening of the Dark Knight Rises? That's decidedly their take, but what bothers me is simply the market's over-saturation with all that is Batman-related. This being a lead-in as it is to the Joker War crossover is no different.

Still, I'll give them credit for one thing: the marketing of violence has gotten way out of hand, and putting such a huge emphasis on the Joker is not improving the situation. Since this relates to a planned crossover, I'd say that's why we could all do ourselves a favor and avoid it.

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