Christmas is almost here. Have you got all your shopping done? I know I haven’t.
Stop on in. We have plenty of gift ideas.
Come March DC’s variant covers will have movie posters with their characters for their theme. When I first read the article I thought that doesn’t sound cool. Then I seen some of the images and thought I like it. Some 80s movie poster themes worked in also.
Marvel’s plans for next year isn’t getting me to excited. Star Wars will do well. And no I did not order 500 copies of Star Wars 1 to get the black and white Joe Quesada variant. Over 50 variants announced. Wayyy to many. Marvel has managed to get over a million copies sold of Star Wars 1. The force is strong in this one indeed. The issue I have with all the variants is that is all the focus is on. Not the story. Not the art inside the book but just the variant covers. That isn’t a good way to get people to pick up a monthly book.
Would I like to have a variant cover from Rodman Comics? Heck, yes. Was almost game to have one for the Amazing Spiderman 1 re launch. Very glad I did not after all the problems for the stores that paid to have their very own variants. Amazing Spiderman had to many pages in it making it tough to bind together. It was decided by Marvel to include a reprint of Inhumans 1 with it. Inhumans and Spiderman have nothing in common but what the heck. Many copies were damaged. So many copies arrived damaged to the stores that ordered their own variants that Diamond reportedly had an emergency meeting on what to do. It was to costly to just print more up for each store. What ended up being done to “fix” the problem I never heard.
The Star Wars covers just have a little store logo on them for each store that had its own variant. I would rather have a Spiderman vs Venom with Venom lifting the Rodman Comics sign off the top of the building and trying to hit Spiderman with it. Something working in the store logo better than just being an after thought.
Come next year Marvel is canceling Cyclops, All New Ghost Rider, Avengers World, Nightcrawler, X Force, Deathlok, All New Invaders, Fantastic Four, and Secret Avengers.
Dang Nightcrawler didn’t last long. The whole launch of All New X Men was to reintroduce him back from the dead.
Deathlok was dead on arrival. No one cared. No name talent on a character that Marvel thought needed his own series because the character was used in the Agents of Shield T.V. show. How would the average person watching Agents of Shield find out that Deathlok had a comic out? Marvel Comics doesn’t advertise their comics in the mainstream.
X Force canceled again? In four years four different X Force titles canceled?
Lots of re launches next year from Marvel again. These re launches make me roll my eyes. Avengers, Hulk, the Punisher, X Men, Captain Marvel, Miles Morals: Ultimate Spiderman, New Avengers, Black Widow, Nova, Amazing X Men, Daredevil, Deadpool, and the Inhumans.
Sigh, yes there is a new Avengers movie coming out next year so of course Marvel thinks there has to be a new first issue for the Avengers.
Hulk. Again with another re launch? Let us just have a 12 issue limited series every year and start over the next year.
X Men. Um, okay.
Captain Marvel. Ms Marvel’s name change did nothing for her. Yes, there is an upcoming movie for Captain Marvel. A character that can not even carry their own title.
Ultimate Spiderman. NOOOOOOOO!!!! The ultimate universe is dead. Re launched god knows how many times. Let it die. Even past fans of the ultimate line that tried to come back were completely lost and couldn’t get back into it. I know a lot of the Marvel movies are based off of ideas from the Ultimate line. But the Ultimate line had it is day and it is in the past along with its fans.
New Avengers. Will they I don’t know actually call themselves Avengers this time?
Black Widow. Yes, she will be in the Avengers movie so there has to be a comic out for her.
Amazing X Men. Again why re launch?
Deadpool. Another new number one issue not needed.
Inhumans. Free copies sent to retailers. Marvel trying to push the Inhumans since of course they have a movie coming out. Not working.
I am going to be truthful and say I think at this point the superhero movies are hurting Marvel’s publishing line. No Fantastic Four thanks to the upcoming Fantastic Four film not being directly under Marvel. You feel you signed away the movie rights and got a bad deal? Get over it. The money and marketing for the Inhumans comic could be going to other titles instead of trying to fit a square peg into a hole shaped in a circle.
Re launches do get the new number one sales but long term readership bleeds out at a much faster rate especially the more a title has been re launched. Basically Marvel will make a quick buck after first issue sales but long term the title is going to die quicker.
Mark Waid writing Archie? Fiona Staples of Saga doing the art? Come next year that is what is happening. Archie will be doing a New 52 type re launch. Should be interesting.
DC is canceling books come March. Among the announced comics that are ending are Batwoman (I will miss this title but as a retailer I knew Batwoman was not long for this world), Swamp Thing (I enjoyed it when Scott Synder was writing it), Aquaman and the Others (again I wanted it to do well but knew it was selling to low), Klarion (DC’s Deathlok, another title when announced I just went why?), Secret Origins (when it came out I even told customers it wouldn’t be around forever because after featuring the big name characters what could they do? Secret Origin of Klarion?), Star Spangled War Stories Featuring G.I. Zombie (could it have a longer title?), Trinity of Sin (psst DC it was good to have Pandora show up in each issue of the New 52 but she didn’t seem like the same character from Flashpoint. Three years later and its like she doesn’t even know she was in Flashpoint even though she was), Worlds’ Finest (sad to see it go), Arkham Manor (why wasn’t this just announced as a limited series?), Red Lantern (very sad), Green Lantern New Guardians (the writing was so bad), and others.
Now will DC do a Marvel and just re launch them? I hope not. When new titles can not last more than 10 issues that is not good.
Image sent extra copies participating stores of their various series. I sadly didn’t need any of them. My orders for the most part were correct. Bitch Planet bombed here so my original order on that was to much. Tooth and Claw had decent first sales. Second issue not so much. I read the second issue. What the heck was that all about? Wytches has calmed down. Part of the reason the first issue was so talked about was because it was hard to get. The second issue we were sent extras. Again I didn’t need them. People were just excited because they were hoping Wytches would be like Walking Dead’s back issues and worth more than what they paid for. Sending me extras along with other comic stores across the country just made sure supply was far greater than demand.
I thank Image for trying something different and spending money to send us extra stock that we can send back. Putting money where their month is takes guts. It just didn’t work. Part of people’s appeal of Image comics is as I stated the hope to get a chance to buy for cover price a comic that will become worth a lot such as the first issue of Walking Dead did. Thief of Thieves was a hot title, Peter Panzerfaust, Velvet, Wytches, and so many more had high demand for their first issues but quickly faded afterwards.
There is just to much material out there currently. The various publishers can only hype so much of their own material leaving a lot of their own comics in the dark after the first issue.
What am I currently reading?
All New X Men
Earth Worlds End
New 52 Future’s End
Are some of the comics I am reading.
Top ten comic back issues:
1 Uncanny X Men 266 1st Gambit
2 Detective Comics 441 1st Harvey Bullock
3 New Mutants 98 1st Deadpool
4 Preacher 1
5 Batman 1 New 52
6 Superman: Man of Steel 17
7 The Batman Adventures 12 1st Harley Quinn
8 Ms Marvel 1 current series
9 The Walking Dead 1
10 Avengers 55 1st Ultron
With the announcements that Gambit and Deadpool will be getting their own feature films expect demand to increase as the release dates for their films get closer. Next year sees Ultron taking on the Avengers. Harley Quinn will be in 2016′s Suicide Squad. The Walking Dead T.V. show is still very popular. The new T.V. show Gotham, is a hit making Harvey Bullock’s first appearance in demand.If you have any recommendations for what should be a top ten back issue feel free to let me know.We are of course still on Facebook. I still have customers that have been coming in for years not know about the Facebook page.Also the online marketplace is going strong. Again no shipping charges as long as with in the good old USA.Good luck surviving the shopping season and hope to see you at Rodman Comics!