What does the "strong female character" imply? It gives a special category to women who are nuanced, who are capable of embodying contradictions. But that is the human condition, and to imply that such a woman is not the norm strips all females of their essential humanity
"The superheroes we have today are modern American folklore," Michael Uslan told me, " it's contemporary mythology. The ancient gods of Greece, Rome and Egypt still exist only today they wear spandex and capes.
There is a place for "mature content" in comics and it may even be in some of the more mainstream titles. And DC Comics certainly has the right to play around in the Watchmen universe if they so choose.