ComiXology's one-day "Age of Ultron"sale shows the service's shortcomings in the back-issue department.
ComiXology currently has an “Age of Ultron is Coming!” one-day sale currently running. It features a number of recent notable Ultron appearances, including the Kurt Busiek-George Perez story from Avengers v.2 #0, #19-#22.
Here’s the full rundown of available titles. all on sale for $0.99:
Mighty Avengers #1-6
Annihilation: Conquest Preview, #1-6
Avengers v.2 #0, #19-22
Moon Knight v.4 #1-12
Avengers v.4 #1-6
While the ComiXology sale allows readers to catch up on more recent Ultron appearances, which tie into “Age of Ultron,” it lacks many the must-have Ultron-featured comics such as his first appearance (along with that of the Vision) in Avengers v.1 #57-58, or the classic Jim Shooter-George Perez “Bride of Ultron” story from Avengers v.1 #161-162, which also introduced Jocasta (and features a pretty amazing fight with Ultron facing off against Iron Man, Thor, Black Panther, and Wonder Man as well).
The sale shows the popular service’s number one drawback - the lack of a solid back issue catalog. While it has the first forty issues of the original Avengers’ run in the sixties, it gets more sparse as the run further on. The Kree-Skrull War issues (vol. 1 #89-97) are available, but if you wan’t any of the classic Avengers’ stories from vol.1 #98-#269, you’re out of luck.
(Of course Marvel isn’t doing itself any favors either by not having these stories, along with the other Avengers/Ultron battles, collected in hardcover or TPB. There should have been one out in conjunction with Age of Ultron.)
ComiXology is a good online service, but it lacks books that would be more attractive to those readers seeking out golden age, silver age, and other pre-2000 comics. The company needs to work with the publishers to bulk up in these areas. This would be beneficial to both the company and the publishers.