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Tuesday, May 16, 2006
Oh Look, Wolverine Guest-Stars in This Comic...
Marvel's August solicitations feel like a bit of a chore to read. There's just this grim, joyless, "taking ourselves too seriously," "we must not displease the share-holders" feel to their books these days.
More Ultimate Universe annuals are coming out. I wasn't impressed with last year's offerings. In fact, I thought they were all pretty darn dreadful. I'm not seeing anything in the stories offered here to give me any hope that things will be different this year.
I think that sound I'm hearing is the bottom of the barrel being scraped in Marvel's quest to find characters to team-up with Wolverine.
I really find that I don't give a damn about Neil Gaiman's "reimagining" of the Eternals.
I feel vaguely dirty even thinking about the existence of the Women of Marvel Poster Book. I dread to imagine what images are actually contained within.
Have I mentioned that the Civil War trade dress is really unappealing looking. Those big black bars across the bottom half of each book are just amazingly ugly. Also, regarding Heroes for Hire, isn't it usually considered bad form to launch your cross-over spin-off titles before the cross-over is actually over?
See, under normal circumstances, I might find the idea of a team composed entirely of alternate universe versions of Wolverine momentarily amusing. But then I realize that not only is Wolverine going to appear in at least thirteen other books this month, but someone at Marvel is wondering if an "all-Wolverine" team-book is a viable series concept.
Marvel Zombies, Spider-Woman: Origin and Nextwave get hard-cover collections. At least they're not very expensive, but these rushed out hard-covers for super-hero works of marginal quality that Marvel and DC both seem so eager to do just make me wonder who in their right minds needs a hard-cover collection of a book like Spider-Woman.
The solicitation for SPIDER-MAN: KRAVEN'S LAST HUNT PREMIERE HC contains this line: The variants for the Marvel Premiere Classic line will have a limited print run. Now, does Marvel mean that there will be no second printing of the "variant" hard-cover edition...or do they mean that retailers will only get one "variant" edition for every X number of regular editions they order? Because the later doesn't sound implausible.