San Diego Comic Con took place this past week. It seems that anyone within the known universe knows what Comic Con is these days. One would think that a convention featuring comic books and superheroes would be a great event for the whole family. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Comic Con is an adult event. Many of Comic Con’s main attractions, from video games, movies, television, and yes, even the comics, are geared toward the 18+ crowd. And lets not forget all the scantly clad super women prancing about the convention center in nothing more then a bedazzled thong.
Comic Con is a great event for adults. They even provide childcare, a fact within itself that screams “NO KIDS ALLOWED.” But weren’t superheroes originally created for kids? Absolutely.
Though the kids may already be watching them, here are a some great kid safe alternatives on TV and DVD parents should be aware of for kids who long for comic con, or simply can’t afford a good fake ID.
The Spectacular Spider-Man – Though recently canceled after two seasons due to budget issues, the Spectacular Spider-Man is considered widely as one of the best comic book cartoon adaptions ever. It’s also one of the funniest and kid friendly, with lots of fun action and a great relatable version of Peter Parker both kids and kids at heart will root for. A new show, “Ultimate Spider-Man” is scheduled to be released later this year to replace Spectacular Spider-Man. Hopefully it’s just as good.
Young Justice – Focusing on the teen counterparts and sidekicks of the famous Justice League superhero team, Young Justice is an action packed cartoon drama that takes place in the same universe as Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. These teens have all the issues normal teen have with the addition of having to save the world every week or so. Though more serious then the similarly themed Teen Titans, Young Justice is worth watching and a nice new spin on the DC comic universe
The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes – It’s no coincidence that this show started airing around the time movies like Iron-Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, and later this summer Captain America are being released. However, the Avengers is based on the long running comic book series featuring the fore mentioned characters. Though nothing revolutionary, it is quite entertaining, and kids will definitely get a kick out of seeing some of today’s most popular superheroes in exciting further adventures.
In May, Comic Con came to the Washington DC area for the first time, taking place in George Mason University. It will most likely become an annual Washington DC event and kids in the area will most likely be excited to attend. These shows are a few nice options to keep them pleased, while assuring their parents they won’t be exposed to any barely bejeweled Wonder Women.
More Info: Young Justice airs on Cartoon Network and The Avengers Earth’s Mightiest Heroes airs on Disney XD. The Spectacular Spider-Man can be found on DVD and is available on Netflix. All three shows are rated Y-7 and contain cartoon violence.