Published on July 11th, 2012 | by Mike Harding4
Marvel Now!! A Worrying Update & an Angry Fanboy Rant!
Here at Sidekickcast we like to think we keep our finger on the pulse of what is important in the comic book world, which is why, on Sunday we discussed Marvel Now! on the upcoming Sidekickcast Espisode 71 (make sure to listen its a riot).
During the conversation we speculated if many titles would be thrown to the wolves, and, at the time, we were reassured, by interviews that we had read, that no, this would not be the case. There would be some loses, but nothing significant.
Then Marvel released their solicitations for their October releases; which contained some disturbing news, the X-world is being cut in half (Que dramatic music)!! You may have heard my Darth Vader-esque ”NOOOOOOOO” when I read this news, but there was more to come.
On further examination of the solicits, I discovered that in addition to the X-titles, Marvel are also ending Captain America, Invincible Iron Man, Incredible Hulk, Mighty Thor, Fantastic Four, and FF. All of these titles, a grand total of nine including the X-verse will end in October.
Now, there are those of you who will look at this, and think, so what? Well lets look at it this way; on examination of the books being stopped, only Iron Man has been running consistently since its inception without much change. Uncanny will end after only 20 issues, with quite a lot of those issues being taken up by the very crossover that will cause its end. Legacy had a reboot following the events of Schism, Fantastic Four took a break following the death of Johnny for a year. And the rest of the titles all end at between 15-20 issues, most of which are titles that span out of Fear Itself.
I’m not naive, and I know that these titles will all be back, after all, there is no way Marvel are not going to have books featuring four of the stars of their highest grossing movie, and their first family of superhero comics. The question is, why bother restarting them….again?? Sure, Marvel will make a load of money, because the fans will buy everything that comes out. Does this mean they should cancel everything though?? Another look at the solicitations for many of the books are worrying as well, Uncanny X-force writer Rick Remender is leaving the title in a story called Final Execution, the story doesn’t end in October, but the solicit says the end of the story is coming soon. Will we lose Uncanny X-Force come November? Both Avengers and New Avengers are running a story called “End Times“, sure we know these titles will be part of the big shake up as well but I just don’t see the point in it.
For the past few years Marvel have been shoving “Point One” issues down our throats, and most of these have been completely pointless; but Marvel assured everyone that they were the perfect jumping on points for readers (most of them weren’t, particularly the Spider-man one which was all about the then upcoming Venom series). They even went and collected all the Point One issues in two trade paperbacks. So why, after all that, are they changing gear and doing this new shake up.
Marvel say this is because they are looking at great writers, and great artists making great books. This idea is fine, I completely subscribe to this, but you don’t need to slap a number one on a book in order to do that. Throughout Marvel’s history we have seen creative teams come and go without the need for renumbering. Lets face it last years Uncanny X-men, Captain America, Incredible Hulk, issue ones are not going to be as worth anywhere near as much as the their golden/silver age equivalents, so just let the numbering carry on. Heck I started reading Uncanny X-men with issue 248, did i worry that I didn’t have the other 247 comics? no I didn’t, I just knew, that over time I could learn what had happened previously. Marvel have millions of old comics being sold everyday on E-bay, and with people’s compulsion to collect everything these days, keeping the numbering going is a perfect opportunity to get people to buy them all. But Marvel don’t make money from that, so we are going to get a whole host of new number one issues that are number one for the sake of it.
I’m sure that some of the answers will come out during this week’s San Diego Comic Con, and I really hope that some fans grill the Marvel higher-ups about these sweeping cancellations that they indicated wouldn’t happen……keep a watch on the site, as I will hopefully be posting more on this topic over the next few days.
Oh, and one last thing, Wolverine MAX, really Marvel? Really?? Does the world really need another book featuring Wolverine?? In October, Wolverine will appear in 13 different comics that are published, 16 if he makes appearances in New Avengers and Avengers vs the Marvel Universe. Enough of the Wolverine