The Slow Degredation of Comic Book Language

Today we learn about emphasis in the English language.
Emphasising text with bold or italics (or if your an Internetsian: CAPSLOCK) is the common way to get your point across in writing.
After all, there's a big difference between, "I really like the sky" and "I really like the sky". You can tell the author of the second comment enjoys the sky much more than the first.
Comic authors do this all the time. In fact I think you'll be hard-pressed to find a comic that doesn't do it. Notice that? Emphasis really changes the way you read the sentence.

Here's a snip from the classic comic book circa 1998, Preacher #44 - Custer's Law.
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Notice the emphasis here. "And that they bred."
Perfectly understandable and logical use of emphasis.

Now let's take a look at this month's White Tiger #3.
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Here's a shot of spidey's linguistic elitism.
It starts off well enough, "Why not use your Family NYPD connections to find out what really happened here."
Then it get's a little stranger.
"I don't know about you, but I'm tired of people with secret agendas popping into my life."
I don't know about you, Spidey, but that's a little too much emphasis in one sentence for my liking. Maybe Spidey talks like that, who am I to judge?

White Tiger #3 again:
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"Step careful. Don't say any more on the job. Tell me at the house on Sunday."
"That would be me, baby brother."
Hear that? That's the sound of about half of my brain-cells just dying.

There's just no excuse for that kind of appalling language.
I long for the days when you'd only see one or two emphasis' on a page, rather than the hundred-odd per page you see now.
As I said above, there's a big difference between, "I really like the sky" and, "I really like the sky". But only an idiot (in my mind) would say something to effect of, "I really like the sky". That's just confusing and awkward to say. Are there people out there that really talk like that?

I really like the sky hope this isn't a sign of things to come. I get two dozen or so comics every month and as far as I can recall (not much) I'm pretty sure this is the only one that anally rapes the English language on a per-page-basis, so maybe there's still hope.

PS: If anyone comments in alternating emphasis I'll delete you from the internets. I can do it too, I hacked the admin password for the internets.

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Fallen Angel

I just finished reading all of Fallen Angel Volume 1 (Issues 1-20).
This shit is worthy of my time. It's good stuff.

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The basic premise is this: The mysterious city of Bete Noire is your ordinary american city by day, but by night it fills to the brim with evil. Mainly small time thieves and such, but often much more.
Our main character Lee, or "Fallen Angel" as her bar-man Dolf named her, is I guess what you'd get if you crossed Batman with Veronica Mars. People come to her and ask for help, and if she thinks you deserve her help, she will. She is still a Super-Hero after all, so she does have her own little powers. Combine that with supernatural themes and you have Fallen Angel.
The thing that attracted me to this series was the catholic mythology it's based on, after reading the Wikipedia entry. The thing that kept me reading was the amazing story.

Fallen Angel was cancelled after the 20th issue, however it was brought back recently for volume 2. I believe they are up to about issue 7. From what I've read of volume 2, it's really different. In my opinion, not for the better. It's set several years later so they can introduce some new characters, which is great. The art style however has dramatically changed in to a more realistic painted look, which makes recognising characters from volume 1 sometimes difficult. Angel looks so much more awesome in this painted style, but a lot of it gets blurry and blends together. With the new characters they've also introduced a lot of Lee's background and various other things have come out that before were just mysteries, which in my opinion really kills the awesomeness of Bete Noire, since there is no more mystery.

If you want an awesome graphic novel to read, I recommend Fallen Angel volume 1. Pick up whats out so far of volume 2 if you want to continue the story, but I don't love it as much as volume 1. Then again I've only read the first 3 issues of v2, it may still grow on me.

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