Sunday while grocery shopping, I happened across Wolverine & the X-Men Magazine, issue 1. Flipped through it, curious…and ultimately bought it. For only 1.5 times the price of all of Marvel’s mini-series and many of their “regular” books, this magazine contained the contents of 4 comics, plus a Mini-Marvels strip. Wolverine & Kitty Pride: First Class #1; an issue of X-Men: First Class, plus the original Incredible Hulk #s 180 & 181–the story that introduced the world to the Wolverine.
so, two “modern” comics’ contents, two reprints of classic issues, and a mini Marvels strip. NONE of which I’d read previously. So really, one of the greatest values I’ve gotten for buying something “new” at “cover price.”
And it’s got me thinking. I would really, REALLY like to see Marvel AND DC do something like this for brand new material. Give us a magazine with 3-4 issues’ worth of content plus a reprint or two (ideally, relevant in some way or theme to the new materil). And then at the end of a story arc, collect JUST that story into its own volume. Give me an X-magazine with Astonishing X-Men, Uncanny X-Men, and reprint, say, from Giant-Size X-Men #1 and 1991’s X-Men #1. Two current, one line of reprint stories going WAAAY back, and one line of reprint stories going back to the early 1990s. A second X-magazine could cover Young X-Men, X-Factor, and Cable, with reprints of 1990s’ issues from X-Factor, X-Force, or Cable–heck, do a run of New Mutants from Cable’s first appearance and follow that to X-Force. Alternate months or story arcs.
Another magazine could include Iron Man and Captain America current stuff, while reprinting classic Iron Man and Cap stories (Demon in a Bottle for Iron Man, maybe go back to early Cap & Falcon issues; or late-80s/early-90s Cap stuff). Thor and Incredible Herc could have a magazine, with reprints of classic Avengers stories or solo Thor stuff, and the classic Hercules mini-series or such. An Avengers magazine could do New and Mighty Avengers plus Initiative, with reprints of classic Avengers.
Or just do all the new stuff by “family.” Give me a $10-$15 volume with all of the month’s X-books (Uncanny X-Men, Astonishing X-Men, X-Factor, X-Force, Young X-Men, X-Men: Legacy, as a Shonen Jump style thing (cover’s flimsy paper, interior’s newsprint) (well, at that quality, make the volume $10-$12, max). 6 issues’ content for the price of 3-4. Yeah, someone only wanting to buy one title would have to pay more just to read that title, but someone interested in a couple would get more bang for their buck. Then when the twice-yearly wrap-up happens, put out a new volume of Astonishing X-Men collecting ONLY “Astonishing X-Men” without the other titles. Someone buying monthly gets more books in one volume for cheaper; those waiting for the trade anyway can still do so.
G.I. Joe #1 from IDW comes out tomorrow. Part of me really wants to buy it. But, I do NOT want to “support” the $3.99 price point, NOR the ridiculous variants. The idea of 3 (or even 2 with a mini-series) ongoing Joe titles is very appealing, and the concept interesting. But at $4/issue when I may not even be able to get the cover I’d want (and the issue itself would be promoting the other variants and the uber-rare retailer-sell-your-left-arm-exclusive variants)…….it’s the principle of the thing.
Maybe if the collected volumes are reasonably priced.
Still, a bummer to have a title of no little interest that I’ve gotta avoid on my own principle.