For me the images above say a lot about how comic fans get their comics delivered. They don’t get one or two X-Men comics they get six. Apparently X-Men: Schism that I’m reading leads to X-MEN: REGENESIS (which Newsarama does a good job of covering). To be honest I’ve had my blinkers on and not really considered that Schism would lead to a relaunch of all the X-Men books but it’s naive of me really. I should have known better. Especially as I fell into the trap of buying X-Men Schism #3 and seeing Schism written on Generation Hope #10, which made it’s digital debut with that issue. So it must be important to the main events right?

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And that’s how Marvel/DC get you to buy more than the issues you are interested in. You need to see what is going on off stage and what  is feeding in to the main events themselves.

We’ll see how it goes but this particular experiment may end if I feel that I’m going to buying more than what I want just to feel I’m not missing out.

Speaking disappointments.  It wasn’t a new Dr Strange solo title coming in December it’s a Defenders title. Might be worth picking up but it’s not what I was hoping for.

5 Thoughts on “Comics: My Problem With Mainstream Comics Featuring Several X-Men

  1. Kitty-Kat-Kathryn on August 22, 2011 at 10:59 am said:

    I’d say that’s a minor problem with comics, but still a problem. One thing Marvel and DC have done is got themselves into a situation where sometimes you need to read five or more different series to understand the full events. Some, such as Secret Invasion, went over more than that, but not often. Hellboy does it, too, with B.P.R.D. and various other short-term spin-off titles.

    My major problem with The Big Two is not the number of titles, but it’s the art. It’s all tits and fat arses (not that I’m averse to large chests and squishy bums) for the ladies, and the guys have more variety over their body types. It’s off putting :(

  2. Kitty-Kat-Kathryn on August 22, 2011 at 2:08 pm said:

    Oh God I just noticed Andy Hamilton is cosplaying as Wolvie in the top image, and Rogue has a serious case of fat-face.

  3. I don’t disagree with what you’ve said, but just to clarify, this only applies to some mainstream superhero comic series from Marvel and DC, not all mainstream books. DC has the Vertigo line of comics which is completely independent and all titles are independent and firmly targetted at the 16+ age bracket. Marvel has the Max Titles, again, mature books that don’t require you to read any thing else.

    Also, there are titles that have had a consistent creative team for the last 5 years or more in some cases because they’ve done well in terms of sales, such as Iron Man, Captain America, Avengers. These books are often affected by the big corporate events because of the whole shared universe thing, but the best of them turns the event tie-in book into something special. A good example would be Captain America during the House of M company-wide event at Marvel. In that one off, the Captain America story was excellent, and afterwards I went back to just reading Cap and not the other books, viewing it a what-if or elseworlds book for an issue. Iron Man is another great book you can read and you don’t have to read anything else. Nova, a great SF book by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning is another good one.

    • Gav Reads on August 22, 2011 at 5:38 pm said:

      I can’t think of Vertigo as mainstream but I do see your point. Though when you get to the top of these trees they branch out bloody everywhere!

      It’s that fandom/fanatic borderline where I do wish less was more. :(

  4. If you want to read some excellent superhero comics not connected to anything that don’t suffer from event crossovers, I can recommend at least half a dozen from publishers like Image, Dark Horse, Boom etc. Even though I love and enjoy superhero comics from the big 2, the majority of the comics I read nowadays come from other places, although a few more DC titles might creep in following on from the reboot this September.

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