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Top of the Pile – 5/1/2012

In the order I read them:

  1. Marvel – Battlescars # 6
  2. Marvel – AVX Vs #1
  3. Marvel – New Avengers #25
  4. Marvel – Secret Avengers #26
  5. Marvel – Uncanny X-Men #11
  6. DC – Superman #8
  7. IDW – Popeye #1
  8. DC – Aquaman #8
  9. Marvel – Daredevil #11
  10. Marvel – FF #17
  11. DC – Flash #8

Spoilers after the break.

The entire purpose of this series was to introduce a black Nick Fury so that the mainline Marvel Universe would line up with the movie universe. Battle Scars did just that… in the most ham-fisted way possible… and it didn’t need to be done at all.

I like Sam Jackson in the movies, but there was just no reason to recreate him in the books, and many reasons not to do so.

People can handle the idea that the movies aren’t the same as the comics. Marvel and DC are always saying that the movies don’t drive audiences to pick up the books, so why change the books to match up with the movies when the only people who are going to see it are the readers who probably won’t like the idea at all?

This also creates another problem for the readers. Now, every time this new Fury is used, the writer will need to explain who he is and what his relationship to the real Nick is.

Of course I know that this won’t last. In a couple of years, after the movies wind down, someone at Marvel will make a new series with the original Nick and the status quo will be reset.

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Moving on to numbers 2 thru 5 on my list, the only comment I have is that while they were all entertaining, it would be nice to actually get more than just a piece of a single story when I buy four books.

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Superman was pretty good this month. It’s too bad that this creative team isn’t going to be here for long.

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Popeye was a lot of fun. I’m new to the writing of Roger Langridge, having discovered him with his Snarked series, but I like him a lot. I plan on following his work for some time to come.

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Aquaman was a lot better this month than some of his earlier issues. At least Johns has finally stopped with the irritating jokes about how lame he is.

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Mark Waid is kind of hit and miss with me, but his run on Daredevil has definitely been a HIT. This is one of the best books on the market right now. The only thing that marred the issue was Steve Wacker’s reply in the letter column where he tries to justify double shipping as something the fans want.

Steve, cut the crap. Double shipping is Marvel’s response to the fans not buying a bunch of crappy mini-series that don’t really matter. Yes, it may be fun to have a few extra issues of a book I really like, but double shipping almost the entire line has the potential to really hurt the industry. Since you don’t seem to get it, let me explain it to you.

Most people are on a tight budget when it comes to comics. Most people can only buy a few a week. When they suddenly find that the books they’re following are all coming out twice a month, they’re going to cut something. I could be wrong, but I believe that it is far more likely that they’ll drop an entire line of books than just a few titles.  After all, why try to follow a character or team when you can only get every other issue? I know that this is what I’ve done in the past when things got tight.

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FF was actually pretty good as well this issue, but this story should have been told in Amazing Spider-Man.

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The Flash was kind of meh, as this series has been from the beginning. While I like Manapul’s art, he has a long way to go as a writer.

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That’s it for tonight. Feel free to leave a comment if you have something to say.

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