It’s that time again, where I tell you what’s really grinding my gears for the week of March 6th, 2019.
Some weeks it’s mostly likes, other weeks it’s dislikes.
So what’s grinding my gears this week?
Let’s just get one thing cleared, Marvel Comics is not being shutdown by Disney. That would just be absurd.
This does beg the question however on the latest rounds of news and gossip on the overall state of comics. They’re not wrong saying the top 100 books each month having only 20k in their print run range.
This may seem alarming but what we’re also not considering is I’m not seeing digital sales in these types of talks. Digital sales are probably minuscule in comparison to print sales but will still make up some of the numbers.
The other thing we should consider is the comic industry back in the 90s were pumping out millions of books for titles was unnecessary. I can only imagine a huge number of comics from 20 and 30 years ago made their way to landfills.
The print numbers we see now is for the most part true demand. They’re printing the amount of books based on actual orders from retailers.
So who’s to blame for the poor numbers? There’s just too many factors involved but one things for sure, how many people could be put off on the sheer amount of variants that are being produced to boost numbers? Also, the repeated reboots by the big two. Perhaps the biggest publishers should focus on better storytelling to draw in people instead of variant cover art to inflate their publishing numbers. Maybe even cutting back on the number of titles in is order as well. I can only assume the number of titles (particularly of the same team or character) could be overwhelming for newcomers to the industry and hobby.
I’ve read/heard (could be a rumor) that this Wednesday, there will be another secret Marvel variant slipped into this weeks titles shipping to stores but Marvel isn’t saying which though. It’s not the polybagged secret cover for Age of X-Man Prisoner #1 though to my knowledge.
So what title or issue is getting a secret variant? The last one we saw was for Venom #7 (which by the way is heating up again due to Dylan Brock appearance, check out my earlier post on this) where the secret variant moved the barcode to the right side so they can include a tongue into the artwork.
Here’s a list of next week’s titles in alphabetical order so be on the lookout, I’m sure we’ll find out as the day approaches but what’s your guess if there is one?
Age of X-Man Prisoner X #1
Amazing Spider-Man #16.hu (I hate these numbering schemes by the way)
Avengers No Road Home #4
Black Order #5
Conan the Barbarian #4
Cosmic Ghost Rider Destroys Marvel History #1
Domino Hotshots #1
Immortal Hulk #14
Meet the Skrulls #1
Marvel Super Heroes Adventures Spider-Man Spider-Sense of Adventure #1
Star Wars #62
Star Wars Aor Padme Amidala #1
Star Wars Vader Dark Visions #1
Uncanny X-Men #13
Ziggy Pig Silly Seal Comics #1
One More Week Until Captain Marvel
This makes me happy. I’m really looking forward to this movie until we get the next Avengers in May.
Marvel also needs to do away with Amanda Connors doing the cover art for the Captain Marvel reboot if they really want to boost sales. She’s not doing Captain Marvel any justice. I know they say don’t judge a book by it’s cover but comics is an entirely different case when it comes to judging the story since the artwork plays a huge part of the book.
That’s all I got this week. What are you like or not liking this week?