Thursday, September 6, 2012
First Issue Problems
With that out of the way, it's getting a bit weird at the comic book store lately. Let me break it down a little bit further for you.
Marvel Comics decided that they were going to release their flagship titles (Iron Man and Spider-Man for my own pull-box) twice a month, meaning now you'll be paying twice every 30 days. This means a lot of content which is fantastic, but it also means that there's a little less weight in your wallet. Speaking of Spider-Man, this year is the 50th anniversary of the character's creation, meaning that there was an extra-thick issue, complete with an extra-thick price.
DC Comics, meanwhile, went through their New 52 rebooting of numbering and title reorganization last year at this time. It just so happens that they simultaneously decided that all of their titles would have their 'Annual' issues be released at the same time as a #0 Issue would be released to re-focus their titles.
So after all those consideration, my most recent trip to the comic book store netted 9 issues for only 5 different titles. I doubled-down on 80% of the titles that were in my box this time. Don't get me wrong, I love comic books and I love supporting the industry, but it's time to think long and hard about trimming back some of these titles. Maybe the lackluster Justice League can go out to pasture. Gratefully, Marvel's Avengers Vs. X-Men event is wrapping up so that will get trimmed out as well.
Hobby Economics 101, class dismissed.
Punch it, Chewie!