Coming Up: Marvel Comics Due November 2010

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.

Thor the Mighty Avenger #6

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.

10 Responses to “Coming Up: Marvel Comics Due November 2010”

  1. Max Barnard Says:

    I’m not normally the type to try and encourage someone to change their thoughts, but I implore you to try the first issue of Spider-Girl, if only because Arana as a character needs the support, and if anyone can make a Spider-title spin-off work, it’s Tobin. He has so much love for female characters that it warms the heart.

  2. Johanna Says:

    I’m glad to hear from someone who’s passionate about a comic they expect to enjoy. I won’t preorder it, but I’ll take a look at it when it comes out. I could be wrong (or misled based on the advertising), and it may have nothing to do with the main Spider-titles, which would address much of my concern. And you’re right about Tobin’s writing being worth following.

  3. William George Says:

    No purple pants on Fin Fang Foom there?!

    Daring change of the status quo, Marvel!

  4. Johanna Says:

    I noticed that. There seems to be a trend to making the giant dragon more realistic, which tickles me.

  5. Kat Kan Says:

    Count me as another fan of Arana; I’m really hoping Tobin will do her justice. I did pre-order the issue, based on my love for the character.

  6. Rob Barrett Says:

    Are you reading Marvel Adventures: Spider-Man, Johanna? It’s Tobin writing the best Spider-Man book in years under everyone’s radar.

  7. Johanna Says:

    I haven’t been, Rob. I’m not a big fan of the Spider-Man character, so I haven’t sought out versions of him. I’m sure it’s good; I’m just not sure it’s for me. But thanks for pointing that out!

  8. Argo Plummer Says:


    Will wonders never cease? I thought I was the only person in the comic reading world who has never been a big fan of the character Spider-Man. After years of hearing how he is the greatest character ever created in various lists, chats, blogs, etc, it is refreshing to find someone whose opinion I respect, even if I don’t always agree, say that she isn’t a huge fan of the character. I have tried many times over the years to get into Spider-Man and my kids dig him, but something about him just doesn’t work for me. I have read runs here and there that I have enjoyed, but in general, Spidey leaves me cold.

    I’d love to hear why the character doesn’t appeal to you.

  9. Johanna Says:

    In short, because I can’t relate to him. I understand why to many (mostly male) readers, seeing a smart geek who’s always on the wrong side of the eightball turn his life into wisecracks and supermodels is appealing, but I find the point of the character (superheroing is a responsibility, not something that makes his life better) contradicted by many of the stories they’ve done with him (previously mentioned supermodels, spacefaring adventure, etc.). Plus, some of the best-known storylines are offensive to me: clones, the Gwen’s kids revamp, erasing the marriage, deal with the devil, and so on.

  10. Manks Says:

    I probably am in minority, but i couldn’t get into spiderman till JMS. I thought he was doing pretty good and building a spider man mythology ( i know not many people liked his ideas), but i thought spiderman was better for it..

    And then OMD happened, and since then i havent read Spiderman.. O , and i didnt like Gwen’s kids revamp as well..
    but to me right now, spiderman represents everything that is wrong with the industry these days..




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