Bob Bretall, co-host of The Comic Book Page podcast, and owner of one of the most comprehensive comic book collections imaginable, posited a thought-provoking thread at our 11 O’Clock Comics forums this week; and that conversation served as the impetus for this week’s column.
- THUNDERBOLTS #158 & #159
- ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #159 & #160
- CAPTAIN AMERICA: FIRST VENGEANCE #3 & 4 (of 4)
- HULK #34 & #35 –>>
- INCREDIBLE HULKS #630 & #631
- AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #663 & #664
- BLACK PANTHER: THE MAN WITHOUT FEAR #519 & 520
- MYSTERY MEN #1 & 2 (of 5)
- DEADPOOL #38 & #39
- WOLVERINE #10 & #11
- X-MEN #12 & #13
- X-MEN: PRELUDE #3 & #4 (of 4)
- X-MEN LEGACY #250 & 251
- X-FACTOR #220 & #221
Geared for new and long-time readers alike, the all-new Marvel: Point One initiative delivers the perfect jumping on points for the biggest super hero series in the world! Beginning in February 2011, select Marvel comic series marked with a ".1" after the issue number feature full-length, self-contained stories by Marvel's top creators, laying the groundwork for the next year of storylines. From INVINCIBLE IRON MAN to AVENGERS to AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, each Marvel: Point One issue of the associated series not only begin major new storylines, but also seamlessly introduces new readers into the dynamic Marvel Universe and its popular super heroes.Additionally, each issue bearing the Marvel: Point One branding will be followed in the same month by another issue of that series, delivering new fans another exciting installment of the series they enjoy.
- For existing readers, it increases the cost of the series and provides more impetus to drop the book to fit others into their budget
- For existing readers, if it’s not at the top of their enjoyment hierarchy, the increased frequency and cost serves as a reminder that maybe it’s time to move on to try something else
- For new readers, particularly those that pre-order, it’s a far more significant financial commitment to a series they don’t yet know is up their alley
- For readers who don’t pre-order, I’ve heard many complaints that they are worried about missing issues because they don’t know to look for multiple issues since the last time they stopped into their shop
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