Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Captain America #25: Not enough M.O.D.O.K.

I'm not particularly annoyed that spoilers for Captain America #25 were spread all over the traditional outlets of the Internet news and broadcast media, though I could have done without the exact details.

I'm disappointed that Marvel used the media to generate interest and maybe sales in the book from people that would not normally purchase or read comics aka the Death of Superman several years ago. It reminds me of the bad days of the speculator market, but it is probably good news for retailers.

I don't know what was worse to listen to this morning on the radio: Ignorant yet well-meaning DJ's yapping about Captain America and getting everything wrong or the fans lost in nerd-rage that called in correcting them.

I expect issue #25 of Captain America will be bagged and go for a substantially higher price within a few days, if not already set at a higher price on the rack or internet auction site right now. I have less of a problem with this than I thought I would. Even though the issue is still current I don't see much of a difference between this product and others that would retail for a special price due to collector interest. That is, within reason. As long as the comic stores deals with their clientele fairly and ethically by not "cherry-picking" issues and keeping them from their customers so they have extras available at a higher price later. There are many products out there not available at the usual SRP shortly after they become available and comics really should not be treated any differently. That is why many comic shops offer pull-lists and you can even get a subscription from the company to ensure you get your copy at the regular SRP. Other collector's clubs perform much the same service. If you want your special edition Hot Wheels car at the retail price then you better be a member of the club. The losers in all this are unfortunately the kids who don't care about all the hooplah and just want to read some comics.

My review of Captain America #25: Good start to whatever story comes next. Too many talking head panels. Not enough M.O.D.O.K.!

Don't worry, Cap will be back.

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7 comments:

  1. Good points all around. More M.O.D.O.K., indeed.

    Yours is one of my favorite comic blogs, just so you know.

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  2. Heck yeah Cap will be back.

    But first we're going to get a Cyborg Cap, and Armor Cap, a Clone Cap, and an Alien Cap.

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  3. "Not enough MODOK" indeed. That seems to be a problem with most comics these days; so few of them feature enough MODOK. Only MA AVENGERS #9 seemed to have the perfect amoung of MODOK in it...which is to say, a lot.

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  4. Um...did that vomiting scene really take place in the comic?

    If so...eBay immediate resale aside...I'm glad I didn't buy it. My soul is worth the hundred bucks profit.

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  5. Cap barfed about once per page. I'm surprised it wasn't on the cover!

    No, actually the vomit scene is from Marvel Zombies vs. Photo Ref Art (aka Army of Darkness)#1.

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  6. Ray in Boston (got caught up in the Ebay craze, myself)Thursday, March 15, 2007 9:26:00 AM

    What is MODOK?

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