When I was a kid (over 20 years ago), I used to faithfully read and collect a certain number of comic books, like X-men and Fantastic Four. I spent a ton of money without ever thinking about the collectors market, but I enjoyed the stories, the art, and the anticipation of looking forward to a resolution of a storyline in the next months issue. That brings us to today. My son, who is almost 7, loves the X-men from the movies and the animated TV show. I wouldn't have a problem if he wanted to start reading comic books, but the books today are filled with gore, violence, and sexual situations. I woudn't be a good parent if I let that stuff come into his brain, it's just not healthy for him. He's a very smart boy (advanced 2 grades in school but still getting straight A's and best reader awards) but I don't think anybody under the age of 13-15 has any business reading the modern comic. I watched a special on the history channel the other day about the history of comic books heroes, and the comic editors were at the same time bragging about how "adult" comics had become, but at the same time bemoaning the fall of readership. The best selling comic has a print cycle of just over 100,000 per month now, where 20 years ago it was over a million. What do you think is going to happen when you write a COMIC book that is too gross and violent for their parents to but for their kids? You will always have a few older teens and adults that will like them, but not enough to have the comic industry enter another golden age.