Name: Greg Althoff
I think the whole debate on late comics is kind of a "Taste Great/Less Filling" issue: It all depends on your preference.
For some people, the timeliness of a comic is very important. They want the title, as a periodical, to come out as promised. When it doesn't, their enjoyment is diminished and they are completely correct to not support the project.
On the other hands, some people don't really care about lateness and will buy the comic whenever it comes out. They want the comic to come out with Writer X and Artist Y and will wait as long as it takes. They are completely correct to support the project when it comes out.
The basic point is, both sides are right. Depending on how you feel on the subject, follow that. But don't begrudge the other side for what they feel.
Good call on avoiding the EW this week. I wish I had. I saw the Lost cover story and thought, "Oh, this is safe, I bet they won't spoil the episode from this week. It's only 2 days old and this appears to be about the series in general." Wrong! Low and behold, as a throw away line almost, there's the big spoiler about last week's episode. Spoiled!
Curse you EW!
Actually, I think Bruce Wayne just took a page from Mr. Myagi's book and had a young Dick Grayson building everything in the Batcave under the guise of training.
Robin: Bruce, can I ask you a question?
Batman: (sighs) What?
Robin: I don't understand what this has to do with fighting crime...
Batman: This is for when the Joker needs to be stopped by converting 220 volts to 110 volts.
Batman: And when you're done with that, pretend that that shelfing unit is a bomb that is set by Two-Face and needs to be assembled or Gotham will blow up.
Robin: Why would a bomb need to be assembled?
Batman: Shut up! I'm the goddamn Batman! Alfred, where's my hot pocket?
I wonder if most people even know that comics were still being put out. My girlfriend, for example, was amazed that comics still existed when we started dating and she saw my long boxes in my room.
Maybe the comic companies should put brief ads before their movies for related trades. For example, in front of Iron Man, just flash some covers at the beginning and show some artwork for specific trades that they would recommend to people who enjoyed Iron Man. And direct them to Borders or Barnes & Nobles or something. Especially since Marvel is producing their own movies. Maybe this is cost prohibitive, I don't know. But it might help to get kids excited about it. Plus, maybe it would mean only 13 ads for Coca-Cola for Pete's sake.
Regarding Ultimate Spider-Man #123:
I think all of those events that Eddie was relaying were from the Ultimate Spider-Man videogame, not previous issues, which is why the recap was necessary for people who haven't played the game.
But, yeah, the "Parker" thing bugged me too.