Marvel is selling MORE COMICS than DC again!
Seriously? This shit… Again? In all my years of reading Zombie fiction, watching virtually every Zombie movie and TV show ever produced– I have never seen a zombie use a calculator… So it sorta makes sense that the Marvel Zombies (and some once-talented freelancers turned blind “Architects”) are out there crowing about the obvious:
OF COURSE Marvel is ahead of DC in sales!
Marvel prints two to three times as many books as DC does almost every month. They also reprint everything they ever print– seemingly before the ink is even dry on the last issue of a new mini-series or a story arc. (While, unfortunately for us “trade waiters”, DC continues to lag behind in reprinting their comics in collections, despite Dan Didio promising that they would be accelerating their reprint schedule almost a year ago.)
I am the first to admit that I am not good with numbers. Never have been. The second somebody shoved a calculator in my hand, I gave up all hope of ever remembering how to do simple subtraction or division without the aid of a machine. (Long Division by “hand”– a hilarious concept!)
But even an idiot like me knows that if you print 2 to 3 times as many books as your rival every month (and usually at an increased price of at least ONE DOLLAR MORE per book for every title you publish)– that you will eventually overtake your lower-priced rival in sales.
I swear this isn’t your Grandpa here– attempting to convince you that old comics are cooler than new comics. I’m just here to tell you that if you’ve never been exposed to the genius that is Wally Wood and his fantastic art… Then you should buy this book.
Truly, you should. It’ll be good for you (and not always for the right reasons)! 😉
Classic Jurassic Park Vol 4 Return to Jurassic Park
Complete Persepolis – Recommended. Own it already. Fantastic!
Conan Vol 11 Road of Kings Part 1 HC
Daken X-23 Collision – Own the Hardcover
Danger Girl Danger Sized Treasury Edition – How bout some NEW STUFF, Mr. Campbell?
Deadpool Classic Vol 6 – Do “Deadpool” & “Classic” truly go together?
Elephantman Vol 00 HC – Recommended. Own the Original Trades
Essential Fantastic Four Vol 5 (New Print)
Essential Spider-Man Vol 8 (New Print)
Fear Itself Journey into Mystery HC
Fear Itself Thunderbolts HC
Fraggle Rock Classics Vol 1
Hack/Slash Eva Monster’s Ball
Kramers Ergot Vol 8 HC
Marvel Firsts 1970s Vol 1 – There are some pivotal MUST HAVE issues here…
Marvel Point One Vol 2 – … As opposed to THIS WEEK’S POS* here!
MMW Atlas Era Tales to Astonish Vol 4 HC
New Defenders Vol 1 – Liked the Old Defenders better…
Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson Moon Called Vol 2
Prodigal Egg of First Light
Raise the Dead II HC – Warning! Covers has ZERO to do with contents!
Secret Six The Darkest House
Sonic The Hedgehog Archives Vol 17
Star Wars Darth Plagueis HC
Steve Canyon Vol 1 1947-1948 HC – Like cool comic strip collections?
Superman War of the Supermen – Own the Hardcover
Tintin Young Reader Edition (New Print)
Twelve Vol 1 – Recommended. Own the Hardcover
Ultimate Comics Hawkeye HC
Wally Wood Strange Worlds of Science Fiction HC – HOT PICK of the WEEK!
War of the Green Lanterns Aftermath HC
X-Factor Vol 12 Scar Tissue – Recommended. Own the Hardcover
X-23 Vol 2 Chaos Theory HC
X-Men by Claremont and Lee Omnibus Vol 2 HC (DM Variant)
Black Butler Vol 8
Black God Vol 15
Code Geass Queen Vol 4
Dengeki Daisy Vol 8
Durarara Volume 1
High School of Dead Vol 5 – Manga PICK of the WEEK!
Pandora Hearts Vol 8
Twilight Manga Vol 1 – Own the Hardcover. (Yes. I admit it.)
Twin Spica Vol 11
Zombie Loan Vol 13
Again, for the uninitiated… There are a LOT of cool character firsts & origin issues here. Some really key books that truly are marvelous… Unlike…
Billed as perfect jumping on points for new readers… Don’t believe it. Some of these stories are so convoluted (or bland) that they can’t be anything other than what they really are: An excuse to force completists and fans to buy extra issues of their favorite titles.
And before anyone starts asking if I’m trying to be “cute” by recommending a Marvel collection, then shitting on one right after… First, I didn’t schedule them to come out in the same week. Second, considering the sheer amount of product Marvel releases on a weekly basis (often of widely divergent quality), I am frankly surprised this doesn’t happen in this column more often.