- Posted by Johanna on September 5, 2010 at 5:37 pm
- Category: Shopping Guide
Why can’t Marvel get the mix right for me? I can’t seem to get a match on the three key factors: creators, character, and premise.
For example, there’s a new Spider-Girl #1 (SEP10 0575, $3.99), written by Paul Tobin. I like supporting female heroes, and I’ve enjoyed reading Paul’s work in the past, but the book is pitched as spinning out of Amazing Spider-Man, and I don’t want to get involved in that franchise. Plus, I’m turned off by the sell copy’s emphasis on “punching someone in the face”. On the next page, Kelly Sue DeConnick and Emma Rios team up, a creative pairing I’d support, but they’re working on Osborn #1 (SEP10 0577, $3.99), and I don’t ever want to see that particular man-shaped plot device again, nor do I need to read a prison story. In either case, $4 is too much to gamble on something that doesn’t sound like a hit for me.
One of my very favorite artists, Lucy Knisley, is contributing a story to I Am an Avenger #3(SEP10 0617, $3.99), an anthology, but I have no idea which character it involves, since the creators aren’t matched up with the story premises in the ad copy. I hope it’s the Iron Man one, just because I think that would be fun.
There are way too many Thor comics being put out, because there’s a movie coming up, but at least I enjoy one of them. That’s Thor the Mighty Avenger, which in issue #6 (SEP10 0646, $2.99) guest-stars Fin Fang Foom! I like that crazy dragon in the purple underpants.
Wow, I guess I’ll only be reading a couple of Marvel comics this month. Setting comics prices at $4 has really made it easy for me to determine what I do and don’t want to read.