Sunday, December 2, 2012
My Descent into Madness
A few weeks ago, earlier in the day I had been reading about the first issue of Deadpool recently released under the Marvel NOW! banner. Being familiar with Brian Posehn's comedy, I thought "maybe I'll look into that." This was a big deal, huge in fact. Why? Because up until then, I've never used my own money to buy a Marvel comic, ever.
So then I did, but I didn't read it until that night, where I had a bit too much Jameson, and ended up on Twitter, sarcastically playing a dramatic "I DON'T KNOW WHO I AM ANYMORE!" card. Then a bunch of people started tweeting me stuff like "read the Hawkeye series!" or "Deadpool sucks!" (I'll get to that later) and most notably James Tynion telling me I should read some Daredevil stuff, and in my inebriated state I thought "well shit, he writes things, I have to listen to him right?"
Regardless of that night, the next morning I woke up and thought "What the hell am I doing?" and deleted the Marvel App from my iPad, as I didn't really want to go down that rabbit hole...
Until two weeks later, when I did just that...
So, I've got no idea what sparked this, but one day I was talking about Marvel's pricing, and everything I find wrong with it, especially in the digital space. I was curious to see what the market for their $3.99 issues' digital redemption code was like on eBay, and I soon found myself looking at $12 of comics for a measly $5. With that opportunity, "fuck it" was said, and history was made.
The three comics I managed to pick up that day were the first issues of Uncanny Avengers, All New X-Men, and Thor: God of Thunder, all pretty high profile books in the NOW! brand. I figure those books were easily accessible, and had heard some interesting things behind the concepts, like the Past/Present/Future set up of Thor. So, I downloaded those, re-downloaded my copy of Deadpool, and let them sit for a day while I read my usual stack of comics.
I eventually got to the three issues, and read them one by one, and you know what... they were pretty good. I knew enough general knowledge of what needed to be known in books like Uncanny Avengers and All New X-Men, and Thor was an easy read because it is off doing its own thing. So with those initial reactions in mind, I ended up getting the second issues of all four books I've tried so far, and have even gone through the list of Marvel NOW! titles and made note of ones I may be interested in checking out.
So far, each title has managed that pretty well. Thor is the shit, best one I've read so far. Has pretty much no connection to the Marvel Universe as a whole, and deals with him being a rad viking in the past, present and future, dealing with a killer of gods. Deadpool, well, I know enough about Deadpool to just say, it's Deadpool. The concept of him just going around killing zombie versions of the old presidents of the USA is pretty god damn funny, especially the second issue with Teddy Roosevelt. As for the other two, they're more tied into AvX fallout, but easy enough to follow, and both have their own interesting hooks.
All this being said, I still have major issues with Marvel's business model, most of which (if not all) are due to their sales practices. Double shipping books, endless events, $3.99 for standard size books with nothing added to the offer (even digitally), and the lack of any real schedule to digital price drops. Yeah, all of that is some bullshit which will make me seek out digital redemption codes for those $3.99 books. So yeah, gonna have some real complications fully jumping on board as long as those things continue to happen, which will probably be for awhile.
And that's it, that's my trip to the dark side. So now, expect some Marvel titles to be popping up in my Stack Rundown posts. I have my eyes on books like the two X-Force titles, or Secret Avengers by Nick Spencer. Some like Thunderbolts I'm going about as "Well, that's a cool looking cover... alright!" No idea what is going to stick or not, but I'm having fun getting into this stuff, despite my casual approach.
BATMAN BEATS EVERYONE, THE END.