Meltdown: Another Great Reason to Wait for the Collection

When I reviewed Meltdown #1, I said “I think it would have been more satisfying as a single graphic novel instead of a couple of over-sized $6 comics.” Now, it will be.

“We’ve got the full 96 pages of story that were in issues one and two,” says [writer David B.] Schwartz, “but there’s gonna be a lot more than that. We’re really thinking of this like an ultimate edition DVD release, and packing it with tons of great bonus features.”

Cool. I don’t go to the movies much these days, because I’d rather wait for the more convenient DVD, and I enjoy the behind-the-scenes glimpses they often include. Similarly, I’d rather wait for collections than buy single issues, especially with so many extras. Here are some details:

“I’m opening my entire sketchbook,” said [artist Sean] Wang. “You’ll get to see all of the design work I did when creating the look of these characters, and I talk you through the whole process.”

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The senses-shattering collection will also feature:

  • “The Making of Chris Bachalo’s Cover,” a rare look inside the creative process of one of comics’ top artists, where you’ll get to see his thumbnails, pencils and inks.
  • A foreword by superstar writer Robert Kirkman, creator of THE WALKING DEAD and INVINCIBLE.
  • The original series pitch
  • Pin-ups by other great artists, giving their interpretations of the MELTDOWN characters
  • Deleted scenes, alternate endings, and more…

Plus much, much more cool and exciting behind the scenes material!

Hmmm… that’s pretty standard for collections… I’m not sure I’d be plugging an introduction and pinups as “senses-shattering” (especially when the “other great artists” aren’t even identified). The alternate content sounds cool, though, especially if presented with explanations of why the creative choices were made.

MELTDOWN tells the story of a reluctant superhero whose fire-based powers are killing him by melting him down from within. With only 7 days left to live, he must put his life in order, and make amends for all of his regrets. The script is by David B. Schwartz, artwork is by Sean Wang (creator of RUNNERS), colors by Guru-eFX, and incredible covers by both Bachalo (issue 1) and Greg Horn (issue 2).

“MELTDOWN: The Definitive Collection” trade paperback, a 152-page full-color comic, ships JULY 5 and is currently available through Diamond Previews (MAY071863).

Not mentioned in the press release is the price, $16. That’s a new trend I’m not fond of — charging more for the book (in this case $4 over the issue cost) to cover the extras. If the books are really reaching a new audience, though, then those customers don’t have the previous price for reference, so the question then becomes whether the price is appropriate for the book’s size and quality.

This is exhibit 17,349 in the case of “waiting for the trade”. With press releases like this, why would anyone seek out single issues any more?

One Response to “Meltdown: Another Great Reason to Wait for the Collection”

  1. Augie De Blieck Jr. Says:

    And the first thing I thought of was: “The Making of Chris Bachalo’s Cover” — which one? They one he repurposed from X-MEN? Or the other one?




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