My “Well After the Fact” (or WATF) reviews are my personal analysis of existing, not particularly new, wrestling dvds, graphic novels/trade paperbacks, and television episodes of genre entertainment on the cheap, through ebay or other means. And then I review them.
Captain America… Never really my thing. There’s just really little about the character that really has interested me over the years. I mean I know the basics of the character, Super Solider Serum, World War II hero, lost his kid partner during the war, frozen in an iceberg, thawed out and joined the Avengers, and over the years has taken on every modern comic book writer’s view of America. But, really I never followed the character.
But I follow Ed Brubaker. I’d follow him if he was writing NFL Superpro. I started with his Vertigo series, Scene of the Crime. Went to Deadenders, which was good, but was so close to being great, that it ended up being disappointing. Anything that I have read of Ed Brubaker, I have flat out loved.
So, when Ed Brubaker killed Steve Rogers and had the comic book review sites creaming their collective pants, I figured it might be time to check out what the boy had come up with.
Now, there are spoilers in this review, but they are spoilers from three+ years ago, so you’re beyond your own risk at this point.
Yesterday, Marvel Comics announced that they would be opening their archives to online subscribers, for a price of $9.95 per month or $59.95 per year.
If I am reading this article (and all subsequent articles) correctly… for an average of six dollars a month, I (as a comic book fan) would get:
- Access to classic Marvel comic book series, such as the early Lee & Kirby Fantastic Four and Lee and Ditko Spider-Man comics.
- Access to recent high-profile Marvel comic book series, such as Whedon’s Astonishing X-Men and The Ultimates (which I have read, but I’m sure other high-profile series are to be included.)
- New issues will be on the Marvel site six months after they are published in comic book form.
I had three reactions….
My “Well After the Fact” reviews are my personal analysis of content. Usually this means that I purchase wrestling dvds, graphic novels/trade paperbacks, and television episodes of genre entertainment on the cheap, through ebay or other means. And then I review them.
I’m getting worse with trade paperbacks, than I ever was with comic books. I go to the store and next thing you know I’m loading up with $100.00 + of trades.
Now, when I purchase trades, usually I look for stories that I haven’t read, or that I only read a few of the issues. However, sometimes I look to replace individual issues with a bound version. That was the case with Ultimates Volume 1. Back in 2002, I read the first several issues of The Ultimates. It was enjoyable, but it’s infrequent publishing schedule annoyed me. So, basically, I bought Ultimates Volume 1, so I could go and get Ultimates Volume 2. And for $12.99, it was a decent price for a good comic book.
About four years ago, I stopped my biweekly visits to the comic book store, essentially ending my purchase of ‘comic books’. Now, I had been buying/reading comic books all of my life, and consistently buying monthly titles since the fall of 1987. Despite this… the decision was really easy. My future wife had moved in with me, and it seemed really stupid to spend $40.00 or more every two weeks and then sit in a corner, reading comics and ignoring her.