So, I’m catching up on my Bleeding Cool reading (haven’t bothered with Newsarama in ages and seems Bleeding Cool–whatever its faults–has more that interests me, and more “discussion” than CBR).
And today, several stories have caught my attention. So for lack of other thoughts for a post tonight, I offer some thoughts on stuff I’ve read tonight:
I’m absolutely in the camp that–had I received this letter telling me that I would be denied the next issue of a series I’d already bought the subscription to, I’d be cancelling and demanding a refund. There is no good reason I can see to pull this. I hadn’t really been planning on buying the issue anyway, but unless I stumble across “news” that this has been reversed, I’ll avoid the issue on principle.
Well, all this Kindle stuff is meaningless for me–I’m a Nook guy, and even then, not so much these days as most of my reading’s been comics…for which I use Comixology on the digital side. I might be tempted to spring for a couple issues, as–if nothing else–$3.99 for the print issue is cheaper than the price of the digital collected volume. I’m not all that interested in any of the specific issues, though.
Of all of these, I might check out All-New X-Factor. I’m not particularly interested in the others…ESPECIALLY as these are undoubtedly $3.99 double-shippers, and I’m just not keen on what I’ve learned of these so far otherwise. Only other one I might be tempted to try would be X-Force…but I’m wondering if that’s a THIRD X-Force title (alongside Uncanny and Cable And)? Again, the main thing that’s gonna keep me OUT is the $3.99 price tag. The likely double-shipping just makes things worse on top of that.
…But I’ll probably suck it up and check out Magneto. I’ve long been quite fond of the character, particularly since the original Age of Apocalypse story back in ’94/’95. Not quite sure what to make of this one, but I’ll at least grab the first issue, and go from there.
Um…ok, great. But isn’t it weird that this is getting announced…oh…five months BEFORE the release of Days of Future Past? I mean, I get tired of hearing too much about films before they actually come out, but now to start hearing of a followup to a film that’s half a year from debuting? Ugh.
Somehow, it never even occurred to me to check YouTube for these. But Prime artist Norm Breyfogle recently posted a link to the Prime video in the Ultraverse Facebook Group, and I noticed the other two–Hardcase and Freex–have also been put on there.
These are “CD Romix,” a combination of audiobook/motioncomic/quasi-cartoon. I remember first seeing these at a local convention/dealer room back in ’93 or ’94. As a kid, had no budget for ‘em. But a few years later, I came across ‘em at a dollar store…maybe ’97 or ’98.
The best part–to me–was that there was an actual audio track on the CDs, which I was able to rip to digital file, and I’ve tended to have these on my iPod to this day (I just listened to Prime #1 the other day, actually!).
Definitely a fun “blast from the past”!
Last week I’d seen SOMEthing online about something big happening in Marvel’s Uncanny Avengers issue; but I flatly ignored it; get tired of the click-bait claims from Bleeding Cool at times. But then yesterday I saw something a bit more SPECIFIC, including stuff about a favorite character. So, much as I hate doing so for brand-new issues, I bought the issue digitally just so I could get the actual CONTEXT of things for myself.
I’ve seen SO MANY “deaths” in comics that it hardly phases me. It’s mostly “just” another story element at this point. Whether the death of Captain America or Professor Xavier or whoever…I DON’T find myself all that bothered. It’s in service of the story, or I just figure “hey, they’ll be back sooner than I’d like!” or such.
But this one? “Shock value” or WHATEVER…it just sits wrong with me. Sits wrong in a way that most character deaths in comics do not. And I think part of that is that this time it’s a character that’s been one of my favorites through the years…one that I haven’t seen touched by “death,” and perhaps also the fact that it’s a specific female character.
I’m out of patience as I type this. I am supremely annoyed at Marvel and their arbitrary barely-a-year-IF-that-long “expiration” of digital codes for redeeming a digital copy of $3.99+ issues they’ve published.
I touched on this the other day, but now it’s a focal thing for me. THEN, it was sort of “hey, whatever…annoying but live with it.” Now I’m just FRUSTRATED and totally put-off the whole thing.
The digital editions of the issues in question? They’re all still available on comiXology from Marvel. I believe I could still BUY the digital editions from Marvel itself. But because I read the issues when they came out and so didn’t get around to revisiting them until just over a year later…suddenly that so-called “added value” of the digital codes is null and void?!?
Sunday night (Dec 1st) I attempted to redeem some more codes…TWO codes that failed supposedly expired November 29th. Less than 48 hours and the things expired and there’s no apparent leeway in that.
But it’s not like the digital editions don’t exist out there, still for sale. Just that there’s an arbitrary “expiration” for whatever reason. I don’t much care what that reason is, or for the fact of any fault of my own (sure, I didn’t redeem the codes earlier, but a year is a rather short amount of time compared to say, movies with digital copies that at least get a 2-year window!).
WORST of all, I opened my AvX hardcover, and learned that APPARENTLY that code expired about 3 weeks ago. Nothing on the cover saying there was an extremely limited expiration date on the thing. (But on the cover there IS a blurb proclaiming it a Print AND Digital edition!). Yet, I saw a print edition of this book on a shelf at a Booksamillion barely 2 days ago. If half the product is the “digital copy,” and that’s no longer valid, shouldn’t the price of the entire thing be cut?
This whole experience totally sours me on the idea of the so-called “free digital copy” thing, sours me on Marvel in general, and unfortunately (if only in the moment) sours me on digital comics. At least the PRINT EDITIONS can be bought “whenever,” be it a year later or 10 or 20 or 30+ years down the road.
And if that “free digital copy” is supposed to be part of the “added value” of the issue and “justify” the cover price…SURELY an extended redemption-window can be afforded!
The other day I snagged several books for 75%-off…including one of several Green Lantern Corps books I’ve been meaning to get for awhile. Today I wound up getting another. Then I realized that I had but to get the Emerald Warriors book to finish my pre-New 52 collection of the books…so checked Comic Heaven…and they indeed had it. So…I now just have New 52 GL books to catch up on…and I’ve already started THAT with Rise of the Third Army (having caught Comixology‘s 99-cent sale on the main GL book for its first year + Annual last weekend).
Time certainly flies…especially when LOOKING BACK over the time that has PASSED. With this week’s new comics, I picked up The Maxx Maximized #1. It’s a recolored reprint of the original series. The cover reminded me a lot of the original–I originally thought it was simply a recolored version of the original, but it’s not quite–and I wound up picking it up simply for the nostalgia, and I’m gradually becoming a “sucker” for seeing what something from when I was a kid looks like with modern technology and techniques.
The original is dated March, 1993…so these are technically 20 years apart, nearly 21.
…and then I found a copy of the ORIGINAL in a quarter-bin, so I actually get to (conveniently) do a side-by-side comparison of the thing. And the new one looks good. I do like its coloring better, and it LOOKS more modern.
While on the subject of time passing, though…you know those “free” digital codes that Marvel does with their $3.99-and-up books?
Yeah, I was still getting the AvX stuff in single-issues at the time they started. Unfortunately, I’d never gotten around to peeling the stickers off and keying the codes into the redemption site.
So last night I sat down with a stack of last year’s AvX books and keyed a bunch in.
But alas…of all of these, only TWO worked. The others all gave me an error saying the code had EXPIRED.
Now, I GET that they don’t want to have “rogue codes” out there for years and years…but REALLY? It’s a freaking DIGITAL FILE. There’s no “original,” there’s no “shipping,” the thing’s out there ANYway for people to BUY to this day…so where’s the harm in allowing the code to work so long as the file is AVAILABLE? I mean, yeah…in 4, 5 years, THAT might be excessive. In 4-5 years, maybe Marvel will have yanked their stuff from Comixology, and thus the current system/databases may not work and all.
But this just makes me feel like I got “shorted” on my purchases, EVEN THOUGH I “knew” they expired “in a year.” I guess I’d better get to digging through stuff from the past year or so and see what I can still actually GET, just for the sake of redeeming ‘em.