thefourthman wrote:I don't know if I will talk about this in my review or not, but this issue bugs me. They take a top tier talent by Jason Aaron and put him on a Wolverine book, except they make a new one that is clearly designed to cash in on the movie hype. Meaning that we have a total of four ongoing wolverine books currently. This one is obviously written for the trade and has almost no reason for existing. I love Aaron and am willing to give him the benefit of the doubt, but if this is decompressed then should we not maybe get a double sized issue that develops the story a little, instead of getting the Origins treatment again where we get one tiny development an issue. This one doesn't even have a prolonged fight scene or anything.
Kind of like what I said in the intro, I think they're just pulling an Invincible Iron Man here. Let Old Man Logan and Dark Wolverine play themselves out in the existing title and then cancel the current series and let Weapon X take over as the main ongoing after the DVD release of the movie.
Between the glut that the company puts out any how and then the fact that they are more expensive and offer little in way of compensation - file pages really, really, if I wanted that I would buy your silly ass index and hand books and atlas shit.
Marvel Handbooks are the shit. Check out the Essentials sometime. That being said, tossing that shit in the back of an issue and calling it "Director's Cut" content is insulting. The Ghost Rider preview was nice, but I can get that online for free and retailers get fucked because they have to pay higher shipping rates. Marvel could have avoided a lot of backlash if they had just done the sensible thing and done a year or two at $3.50 instead of jumping straight to $4.
I wish comic book companies (especially the big two) would stop thinking for short term. Brian Hibbs talked about sales dilution in like his third Tilting Windmills and sited an article from ten years before that and here we are twenty years down the road and they still don't get it. They put out more and more books, or do silly things like make Amazing Spider-Man come out three times a month, but put all the avengers books out on the same day and all the x books on the same day to capitalize on the customer being in that day. You have to wonder how well one single issue comic monthly would sell verse its twenty competitors about the same character set. And when the economy tanks, instead of pulling back, they put out more but charge more. What the fuck are they thinking? DC is the same way, all the Kingdom come one shots and then six months later a fucking mini-series? How about not letting the crappy current arc come out, how about making the mini a fill in book in case Johns dies in a horrible accident or gets sick or just a freaking drawer story so that books can come out on time when teams get behind....
Okay rant over.
I'm down to reading 12 ongoing series in single issues, I'll probably be down to 8 by the end of the summer.