Tuesday, May 24, 2011

My Weekly Pull - May 25th

To give you, my gentle readers, a better understanding of what I mean when I say that I buy way too many comics, I figured I would offer a glimpse into my pull list for the week.

As you can see below, I am buying fifteen comic books this week. And that is far closer to the rule then it is the exception. I certainly enjoy the comics I buy every week, but it is starting to add up, both fiscally and physically. I can't really afford to keep buying so many comics this summer, and I will run out of space, if I don't change my spending habits.

It's kind of a problem. One that I haven't had much luck combating thus far. If we're lucky, this exercise of showing to the world what I buy every week will help me exercise some restraint. If not, you'll at least know how many comics I'm skipping over when I post reviews or thoughts on what I've read for the week.

So there is that, at the very least.

So yeah, here's the list. Read it and (I'll) weep.

Marvel
FF #4
IRON MAN 2.0 #5 FEAR
POWER MAN AND IRON FIST #5 (OF 5)
SPIDER-GIRL #7
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #662
VENOM #3

DC
AMERICAN VAMPIRE #15
DC COMICS PRESENTS GREEN LANTERN WILLWORLD #1
DETECTIVE COMICS #877
STRANGE ADVENTURES #1
ACTION COMICS #901 (DOOMSDAY)

Other Companies
BUTCHER BAKER RIGHTEOUS MAKER #3
DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS #7
SKELETON STORY #4 (OF 5)
SKULLKICKERS #7

The most interesting thing about this list for me is that I'm actually buying more Marvel books than DC.  This is perhaps the first time I've ever done this, because I used to buy zero Marvel books.  Every now and then I would pick up the occasional issue or limited series, but I was a DC man.  However, earlier this year, DC decided to Draw the Line at $2.99, which changed everything.

For the uninitiated, there has been an a bit of an ongoing question of whether comics should be $2.99 or $3.99.  These aren't the only price options, but most DC or Marvel books were one or the other.  DC decided to price every single book they publish at $2.99, which sounds great.  But there was a serious consequence, in that the page count of their comic books was lowered from 22 to 20.

This might not seem like a lot, but it really affects the flow of a story, and creators continue to struggle with the change.  Consequently, though I have continued to buy DC books, I now buy less, and I actually started to routinely pick up Marvel books.  So while DC changed their prices to get more readers, it's actually caused me to start dabbling in the work of their competition.

I don't know if my experience has been shared by others, but suffice it to say that I'm not pleased with having less pages in my story.  I could go on, but I will leave it at that.

For now.

1 comment:

  1. We pull down many of the same titles. That's crazy.

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