Marvel just can’t enough of your money can they? The dull Dark Reign storyline has been
ruining running through almost every one of their monthly books but then they had to go and create a series of mini series on top of that. Was that enough? Ummm…no. That’s why we now have a series of one-shots currently being released known as Dark Reign: The List. I guess the gist of The List is that Norman Osborn is sick of the situations some of Marvel heroes have put him in so now it’s time for a little payback, you know, kinda like a ‘Shit List’. There have been three of these one-shots released so far: New Avengers, Daredevil and X-Men. I have read all of these and they made me think of a couple of things:
1. How completely useless have these books been?
Each of these one shots have either been ridiculously awful (New Avengers) or completely unnecessary (Daredevil and X-Men). Though it was nice to see Alan Davis drawing a comic again that X-Men book was just not needed. On top of that it was a Namor story with the X-Men playing secondary and tertiary characters at best. I guess it’s not the first time Marvel has slapped the X-Men logo on something in an attempt to bait and switch you.
2.If these stories were so important to the Dark Reign Saga why not just tell them in the regular titles?
The easy answer to that question is so they can get more money out of those fans who need the “whole” story. Why waste an issue of the New Avengers monthly when you can have that monthly title AND a one-shot ship in the same month? I feel a bit different about the Daredevil one-shot though. This comic should have been Daredevil #501. There was absolutely no need to have this story not be told in the Daredevil series proper. But fanboys fall for it, don’t question it and and continue to be the nice little unthinking Marvel Zombies that the company thrives on.
Dark Reign: The List in not the only cash grab that Marvel is currently employing. The other would be the Captain America: Reborn miniseries. As most of our CCW viewers know, I believe (like the Daredevil: The List comic) that the story told within this miniseries should have just been told in the Captain America monthly. But, again, why do that when Marvel can charge you an extra dollar for every issue if they make a fancy shmancy mini out of it? But does Marvel stop there? Ummm…no. Which leads me to this from the new issue of the Previews catalog:
CAPTAIN AMERICA: WHO WILL WIELD THE SHIELD?
Written by ED BRUBAKER
Pencils & Cover by BUTCH GUICE
Steve Rogers has returned, but Bucky Barnes is the current Captain America, and has come into his own in the role. Will there be two Captain Americas? Will Bucky go back to being the Winter Soldier? What will happen? Decisions, decisions, decisions….
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99
Looks like a 5 issue miniseries was not enough. Seems that the regular Captain America series just can’t contain this story. The best thing of course is that it is a standard 32 page comic for $3.99.
Lap it up fanboys. Lap…it…up.