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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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