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Wednesday, April 06, 2005
New Comics Day Thoughts
Going with my usual theory that children only want super-hero comics when there is some kind of tie-in to other media, I had several children on Monday asking me for Rocketeer comics. So which channel played the movie over the week-end?
Now that I've actually seen the Vertigo: First Taste book, I have to say that it's a very unattractive looking object. I also sort of wonder who the target audience is for this sort of thing. Most people who are interested in the titles would rather just get the trades, I'd think, not spend $5 to see the one book they might like and then five others they have no desire for. Which led me to the conclusion that the only reason DC did it in this format, and put a price on it, rather than just send a dozen copies or so out to every Diamond account as a promotional item is because, had they done that, I'm sure half the comics retailers in the country would have started bitching about the increase in freight costs for "DC advertising."
Two things absolutely killed the sales momentum on the Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith comics: having the trade collecting all four issues go on sale the same day, and losing three days worth of sales because we couldn't put it out until Saturday.
Given the extremely graphic on-panel violence, the plot-driven death of an allegedly beloved minor character, and the tone inconsistent with what most fans of the super-hero universe in question say they want in their super-hero comics, I'm sure we've all got at least a week of rants about Great Lakes Avengers to look forward to.