A lot of fans are excited for the upcoming X-Force series from creators Simon Spurrier and Rock-He Kim, but if the readers don't act fast, they may miss it! According to one industry expert who has been monitoring trends, the time between the launch of a new X-Force series and a reboot is rapidly approaching the point where the book won't be able to complete a single issue without being relaunched with a brand new, exciting, collectible #1!
"The first volume of X-Force was launched in 1991, and though it was dramatically retooled a few times, it still ran for 130 issues," explained Professor Thaddeus T. Puffinbottoms, head of the Department for the Research of Publication Trends in Comic Books Started by Rob Liefeld at the prestigious University of Phoenix. "Forgetting, as anyone should, the 2004 Liefeld mini, the next ongoing launched in 2008 and ran for 28 issues. The 2010 relaunch, thanks to the addition of the Uncanny adjective, bucked the trend and clocked in at 37 issues, but the use of title modifiers clearly led to diminishing returns, as 2013's Uncanny X-Force and Cable and X-Force have only made it to 13 and 14 issues at this point."
"It's probable that Spurrier and Kim's X-Force will go for six, maybe seven issues before All-New New All-New Marvel NuNOW! hits later this year," Puffinbottoms went on, pointing to several complex models represented by charts in his office, "but it's not outside the realm of possibility that the series will be rebooted three or four times in its first issue alone."
According to Puffinbottoms, the increasingly shorter reboot cycle for Marvel comic books is alarming because studies show that, though sales will undoubtedly increase in the long term, most readers don't find enjoyment in reading comics that consist of nothing but a series of new #1 covers and no actual story content because the book has reached a state of constant reboot. He cautioned that, once Marvel's books reach a sort of critical mass of relaunchability, there will be no turning back, and the destruction of the comics medium as we know it will be nigh irreversible.
"What I'm saying is, enjoy this preview," Puffinbottoms concluded. "The three pages of story here may be the largest chunk of continuous storytelling you ever see from Marvel Comics again before the industry slips into a downward spiral, spelling out doom for..."
"Ooooh," said Puffinbottoms, distracted. "Look at that cute Katie Cook animal variant!"
Here's the press release:
Mutantkind’s New Dirty Tricks Crew – Your First Look at X-FORCE #1!
Marvel is pleased to present your first look at X-FORCE #1 – the exciting new series from innovative creative team Si Spurrier and Rock-He Kim! Every sovereign nation in the Marvel Universe makes use of superhumans to protect national interests and pursue a covert national agenda. The stakes are high, and the prizes are intelligence, security, resources and power. Now, Cable and his new black-ops squad are entering this endless shadow-game to ensure that Mutants have a hand in the future of the Marvel Universe – by any means necessary!
“They don’t want global domination nor mutant superiority; merely to protect and strengthen the interests of The Mutant Nation,” says writer Si Spurrier, in an interview with Marvel.com. “And they’ll rain thunder and flame on anyone who says different.”
“X-Force isn’t looking to keep its existence a secret,” says Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso. “They want to send a loud-and-clear message to the world that the Mutant Nation is not to be messed with.”
But when an international incident threatens the already fragile human/mutant relations, the Mutant Nation needs a dirty tricks department – and X-Force is it! Don’t miss the explosive action and political intrigue when Cable, Psylocke, Fantomex, and Marrow burst on to the scene in X-FORCE #1 this February!
X-FORCE #1 (DEC130676)
Written by SIMON SPURRIER
Art by ROCK-HE KIM
Variant Covers by PHIL NOTO
Animal Variant by KATIE COOK
FOC 01/20/14, ON-SALE 2/12/14