Wolverine Week-in-Review: Avengers/Invaders, Fantastic Four

Aside from X-Men: Legacy #218 (see Friday’s review), Wolverine appeared in three other issues this week (November 19, 2008)…

Wolverine: Chop Shop coverAvengers/Invaders #6 (preview)
Plot: Alex Ross & Jim Krueger
Script: Jim Krueger
Pencils: Steve Sadowski & Patrick Berkenkotter

Four panels. No words.

I mean, what’s the point of having Wolverine in a miniseries if you’re not going to use him?

Fantastic Four #561 (preview)
Writers: Mark Millar
Penciler: Bryan Hitch
Inker: Bryan Hitch, Andrew Currie & Cam Smith

A direct tie-in to ‘Old Man Logan’.

Really.

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Marvel Adventure the Avengers #30 (preview)
Writer: Paul Tobin
Pencils: Matteo Lolli; Inks: Christian Dalla Vechhia

Not a horrible issue this time around, but I’m stiill not sure why this book is even being produced. It sure as hell won’t convert any young readers into Marvel Zombies.

What about Uncanny X-Men #504, you ask? Well, Wolverine does not appear…

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  1. I found the Fantastic Four appearance a nice surprise. I do not see many of those these days. I was recently talking to a friend about the state of comics and how you just do not get the bang for the buck any more. COmics are too expensive and you get so much crap (see recent avenger secret invasion tie in’s) that it is causing people to cut back on what they buy. Normally the comic industry has been pretty recession proof, but I feel that the current model with a tight economy could have pretty hard effect on the industry. Which gets too my point that we need a good digitial solution for the industry. I think if it is done right could be cheaper and successful (sorry comic shops).
    What do you think and you can email me instead if you want.
    I apologize if I got too much off the subject.

  2. I completely agree.

    And I think the comic shops largely have themselves to blame. What other industry sells out of product so quickly such that you often times can’t find what you are looking for? I end up having to go to several stores to find the comics I am interested in. And the back-ordering system is a joke.

    Plus, many comic stores seem to look down on manga, even though it features some of the most successful comics on the market.

    The digital solution is intriguing. As soon as someone cracks the business model, I think it will flourish.

  3. Yeah, they really screwed the pooch with Manga. That is why the bookstore market is kicking their ass.
    The comic store owners have contributed to the problem. Thye never seem to have a grasp of how to change with the market (old comics, graphic novels, manga). Probably because they are mostly run by comic fans. It can cloud their judgement and they are not business men at heart.
    But the industry is doing its fair share of adding nails to the coffin. a couple of months ago I spent $20 to buy some 5 comics. When I got home, i read them and found that I had spent $20 on the most worthless pile of books I ever read. It angered me and now I no longer subscribe and base my buying habits on reviews I read (like yours).
    There is already a digital comics market (torrents) what needs to be done is make it legal, protected and profitable. I like to be able to hold a comic and read it, but I would not mind reading one digitally if it mean I could pay less and get a decent download. It should be pretty easy to do, but I suspect the industry is holding back.

  4. Thanks to Wolverine I have to go to four or five different places to get the missing issues I need. Sometimes Barnes and Noble or Borders will have a issue that my comic book store failed to stock up on. Which is ridiculous considering they are suppose to be a comic book store and I am reserving a particular title. There should be more comic book stores available, but sadly my town only has one close by and another really really far away.

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