But the problem is with what a seven-year-old would find in a comics shop. Superhero comics take themselves too seriously nowadays and things like DC Comics' New 52 reboot cater to an already-converted audience, banking on their curiosity about the changes to long-lived characters. And while the kid-friendly offerings from major publishers have gotten better, the ratio of cape comics geared to the pre-teen set are still pretty slim.
So it's good that dev studio Traveler's Tales is putting together a huge list of playable heroes and villains together for a Lego Batman 2. Traveler's Tales has honed a distinct approach over the last few years whe it comes to their Lego games: destroy-and-build gameplay, slapstick humor and catchy animations. This new game adds big open-world structure and voice acting to the mix. Nevertheless, Lego Batman 2 should still be a great example of what superhero adventures can be at their most whimsical best. Which is great, considering how many of the adult versions of these same lack that editorial energy.