Sunday, October 19, 2008

I have to call that a FAIL

I check comics news sites just about every single day. Comicbookresources.com, Heidi McDonald's The Beat, and Newsarama.com on occassion (I used to hit Newsarama all the time, but I really don't care for the redesign of the site so now I hardly visit).
Quite often there is a column, interview, or news item related to Amazing Spider-Man. And to be honest, I have yet to click on a single one.
Because I just don't care anymore. The Spider-Man that Joe Quesada is publishing right now through Marvel Comics is not a Spider-Man I recognize as a valid character. I don't really know who that is under the mask anymore, but it certainly isn't the Peter Parker I had been reading the previous three decades.
I'm certainly not alone in this. I know a lot of people have abandoned the title/character. We're just not buying into it. Sales figures were certainly reflecting this. I know it did have a big spike recently due to a new storyline. But I wonder how many of those additional issues actually sold through? Or did retailers over-order and now they're stuck with a bunch of issues they can't move. I guess there is no way to know for certain.
What I do know is that my interest (or lack thereof) in the character will not change until the real Peter Parker (and his true history) returns and this current abomination of a misguided 'vision' is wished into the cornfield.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I live in NYC. There are four major comic stores I go to. All of them have regularly sold out of Amazing Spider-Man during this current storyline.

And not just the regular issues, but the variants, and the second printings as well.

skullduggery said...

Well Marvel apparently did a pretty good job advertising that story arc then.
Hopefully they delivered the goods so those readers will come back for the remaining issues of the arc.