Punchy wrote:Well obviously this is taking place before the main book, what with a certain character not being dead.
Who cares whether or not it's in the main book or a mini, as long as it's good, and makes sense in the long run.
here, I'm gonna lay it our for you in the easiest terms I can. While this is not effecting this particular book, line dilution is a bad thing. It generally results in all titles for a character or line selling less while the costs for the books rise. Having four Wolverine books sounds like a great idea to Wolverine fans, and even if all four are phenomenal, it is not a wise business decision, in some ways it is not a business decision at all. The industry as a whole would be better served to start drawering some of these books to help books keep on schedule. If some of the Origins or Weapon X books had been in a drawer while Millar and McNiven were working on Old Man Logan, then the book would have never needed to be late and shops wouldn't necessarily see the numbers of people shedding the title that they are right now.
It's simple math. If one book costs you x to produce and you sell y copies, when you dilute the line you almost invariably end up with 2x being your cost and something like 1.75y being your distribution. (Like I said, it appears that Herogasm is not doing that, although in store sales of issue two have been a might bit sluggish but not to the point where I think we ordered too many). Even fighting standard attrition (which would see corrections when you have big name creative teams doing exciting stories), eventually you are losing your ass when you are spending 4x to generate 2.5y. This causes cover prices to go up, circulation to go down and prices to increase some more.
As much as I love Spider-Man right now, I think everyone would be better served by a monthly book with a bigger page count and a bigger cover price. If we were getting a 40 page book at $4.99, it would still probably sell better than the 28 page book three times a month at 2.99 (sometimes 3.99). then you would be looking at something more akin to 1.25 x = 1.5 y, which is a better business decision.
Yeah, there should be some altruistic value to what a publisher puts out there, it shouldn't all be about the money, but I think if (especially) the big two stopped publishing like rabid fan boys and used a little business sense, their divisions would be a little more profitable and have a little more say in how their business runs outside of the actual comics themselves, instead of the current situation, which looks more and more everyday to be that Marvel and DC are keeping copyrights in play to make money from movies, toys, and clothes. (CAUSE THIS IS THE BULK OF WHERE THEIR MONEY COMES FROM TODAY).