This link, despite being rated by marvel as appropriate for young children, is NOT work-safe!
I'm... fairly shocked. It's not so much that it's tentacle-rape that bothers me (although, that does slightly) it's that it's on a comic that's being rated "T+" by Marvel under their own in-house ratings system... and to quote them directly:
MARVEL RATING SYSTEM
* ALL AGES
Appropriate for readers of all ages.
9+ years old Appropriate for most readers, parents are advised they may want to read before or with younger children.
* PARENTAL ADVISORY
15+ years old Similar to T+ Suggested for Teen and Up, but featuring more mature themes and/or more graphic imagery. Recommended for teen and adult readers.
* MAX: EXPLICIT CONTENT
18+ years old Most Mature Readers books will fall under the MAX Comics banner, (created specifically for mature content titles) MAX and Mature-themed titles will continue to be designed to appear distinct from mainline Marvel titles, with the "MAX: Explicit Content" label very prominently displayed on the cover. MAX titles will NOT be sold on the newsstand, and they will NOT be marketed to younger readers.
Marvel ratings serve as general guidelines for readers. In many instances, a PSR title may be appropriate for most age groups. Marvel leaves the final determination of what is appropriate content up to the consumer."
whiskey... tango... foxtrot?
HERE is a link to the newsaramablog post this morning which has a number of interesting quotes from various industry types like Tamora Pierce (writer on Marvel's White Tiger), Jennifer de Guzman from SlaveLabor Graphics and my personal favorite; Elin Winkler who's company "Radio Comix" publishes hardcore pornographic comics. :D
but what good would this story be... without the obligatory M. Night Shyamalan style twist!
The cover in question... which clearly depicts strong female (and in Misty's case; minority) women in a demeaning and an overly NONconsensually sexual manner...
...was drawn by a Japanese woman.
So the 50 million dollar question remains;... does that change your perception any? (ratings problem aside)