Posts Tagged ‘brand new day’

So now that the Dan Slott feature has become reality (it got kinda tight there down the stretch) I can show you the other covers that were under consideration for the latest edition of the CWR e-zine…

This was a favorite of some of the CWR staff as it had an image of Spidey that wasn’t widely circulated (yet) and gave me room to play with copy…

This one, though, was my favorite, as it featured the Phil Jimenez artwork from the upcoming Spiderman: Swing Shift Director’s Cut (if you ask me, a TRUE ‘director’s cut’ for once)…

Heh, although I did have some issues with Spidey’s butt-crack, but hey, I think it still worked!

Ok, after being gently admonished by Dan Slott, I bit…I returned to my local shop and bought Amazing Spiderman #546 & #547. (Yeah, #547 was $2.99 as promised.) So, what did I think about it?

Well, at least it was fun. There’s a devil-may-care (pun unintended) attitude about it right now that takes it light-years away from the One More Day storyline, just as Mr. Quesada indicated it would. Dan Slott’s script is pretty breezy and harkens back a bit to the days where Spidey was pretty much a Charlie Brown in superhero tights. And I always rate how a writer handles Spidey with how clever Webhead’s quips are in a brouhaha. (The exchange he had with all the goombahs in ASM # 547 made me chuckle.)
Hmmm…guess we have our ‘pre-9/11’ Spiderman back. Although, I still don’t get how he appears to be younger than he was before OMD, or are they saying that marriage in the Marvel U ages you prematurely? (Doesn’t it do the same in real life? Rimshot.)
On a related note, I think I like this idea of running ASM like a television show with rotating writers, but let’s see how it turns out in the execution.

Since comments aren’t readily visible on this blog, in the interest of fairness I wanted to post Dan Slott‘s (Amazing Spiderman, The Initiative) rebuttal to my last post:

“I am happy to tell you that your friend is wrong, sir.

This was a SPECIAL LARGER SIZED issue of ASM– featuring an extra 3 pages of lead story, three back up tales, a special fact sheet by Romita Jr. (in the style of those old Ditko fact sheets: How Spidey’s Mask Works, Who are Spidey’s Friends?, etc.), and a return of the letters page!
A total of 14 extra pages of art and story (plus one editorial page) for just one buck!

And… With THIS week’s AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #547, the price goes back down to the AVERAGE price of $2.99! And that’s where it’s staying, sir! $2.99 an issue! Three times a month!

So… Both THIS Weds. and NEXT Weds… EXPECT to GET 22 pages a pop of ALL-NEW STEVE McNIVEN ART!

With covers… That’s 46 gorgeous Steve McN pages!!!”

I stand corrected. I will say again, for the record, that I really would like to see Mr. Slott’s career take off from this venture. I have no personal vendetta or ax to grind over the whole OMD scenario (outside of paying for reprinted material), and I can even play the advocate for the ‘hows and whys’ certain creative decisions were made. But I do feel like sometimes we get played as fans and it just comes out pretty snarky.

And in his defense, it must suck for Slott to be constantly on the lookout for the kind of snark that can affect a person’s career. (Not that I expect this lil’ blog to be all that influential, but hey, he took the time to write.) Bad press, misinformed opinions, all can sink even the most well-meaning endeavors.

I’ll try to be mindful of that in the future.

Amazing Spiderman Brand New Day Variant Cover Art

Yeah, I’ll admit it, I was going to buy it. Just like I bought each of the Spiderman: One More Day books. And while I could justify that to myself by saying that I was doing that for the purposes of objectivity and for an eventual Comic Culture Warrior column, in the end I regretted it. Why? Not because of the story (we all knew what was coming) or the art (Joe Quesada did stretch his artistic muscles on this one) but because of the cover price: $3.99 an issue. Almost 4 bucks for 22-24 pages of original material (yeah, the last issue had over 30) with the balance comprised of reprinted stuff and pages from the OHOTMU. I paid an extra buck for all that and in the end paid more for the 4 issues than I probably would for the eventual trade paperback.

So, despite all that, here I am ready to shell out my hard-earned cash for the first chapter of the Brand New Day storyline – I really like Dan Slott’s writing and want him to succeed on this title – but (silly me) am surprised by the cover price of the book.

The $3.99 price tag hits me like a slap in the face. So I left it there. Taking pity, my buddy who runs the shop I frequent said I could read it without buying it. (He also tells me that each of the ASM books for the next few months will be carrying the same $3.99 price tag, so get used to it.) I thanked him but declined. Maybe I’ll read it later.

This smacks of the rising price of gas. Once the oil companies saw that people would pay over 3 bucks for a gallon of gas, the prices never came back down, despite the plentiful supply of oil in refineries.

Should BND serve as a portent of yet another price hike in comic books? If so, I’m not supporting it. I’ll just read it on the shelf and put that extra buck a week towards some other book that needs my support.

Or maybe I’ll just wait for the trade like I should have done the first time around.