In response to a lack of complaints about the violence in their comic books, DC Comics is rumored to be vowing to clean up their act.
Source: Bleeding Cool
Bleeding Cool's Rich Johnston, hands down favorite to win The Outhouse's Comic Industrialist of the Year award, is reporting that DC Comics is looking to reduce the amount and severity of violence portrayed in their comic books. DC has not been under fire recently for their graphic depictions of violent acts, especially because their primary audience are adult males over the age of forty (fun fact: most are virgins). The children who are not reading their comics are bound to not be affected by DC's wanton bloodlust, and therefore, the company has no chance but to tone it down before things remain completely under control.
Johnston claims that the new rules are a reaction to recent events such as the tragic school shooting in Connecticut last week, but the policy could just as easily be a reaction to the success of the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic comic, or to the position of Jupiter at 3 AM on the night of the winter solstice, since DC, famous for retooling or rebooting it's entire Universe at least twice a decade, needs no rational motivation for its drastic decision-making. The policy is said to be unlikely to affect current events like Death of the Family, since those comics have already been at least plotted out as part of the "let's have lots of fucking violence" initiative that preceeded this new "let's have less violence" initiative.
It is unknown whether DC plans to eliminate violence completely, or whether the violence depicted will simply be ridiculous, 80s cartoon style, where heroes shoot laser guns at tree branches which then fall down and gently knock their opponents unconscious. It is also unknown whether or not the members of the Comics Code Authority, all of whom have been dead for at least twenty years, will rise from the grave to form the Zombie Comics Code Authority and eat the intestines of anyone who tries to slip something into a comic book that might corrupt or otherwise seduce the minds of the completely nonexistent, innocent, child comic book readers. However, The Outhouse will keep you updated on both of these things.
Whatever happens, we can all rest assured that millions of parents, community leaders, and watchdog groups are not breathing a huge sigh of relief over DC's resolution, because nobody really thought comic books were too violent in the first place (or even knows they still exist, really).