Sunday, May 29, 2011

Are Too Many Comics a Bad Thing?

Secret Avengers #13 - 365 Days of Comics
Secret Avengers #13 did not make the cut.
This past Wednesday Marvel filled the shelves with popular titles while swiftly emptying their readers pockets. My mostly Marvel pull was packed with the likes of Captain America, Secret Avengers, Secret Warriors, The Amazing Spider-Man, Wolverine, The Mighty Thor, The Astonishing Spider-Man and Wolverine, Venom and FF. Plus, I picked-up DC's Detective Comics and one comic book from last week that I forgot (Avengers). With many of the Marvel comics costing $3.99, my week came to a hefty price even with my local shop's 20%  discount for regulars. Though I love when my books come out, I've started hating these big weeks.

After a couple weeks, in one month, that total over $30 each I start doing what the publishers do not want me to do: I consider dropping some titles. When I add up how much I spend on comic books over the course of a month I get depressed. It's almost always around $100. If I had an extra $100 a month I could pay off my student loans quicker, move into the technology age and upgrade to a phone with a data plan, go to a sporting event more often and even set some money to the side for a vacation. Comic books are a great form of entertainment, but once they start taking away from other passions in my life...well, that's when I start to cut books. But what should I cut?

This past week is actually a great list to use for comic cutting. The Astonishing Spider-Man and Wolverine ended with this week's issue #6, so that one is gone. Secret Warriors ends after the next issue, thus making that cutting decision easy, as well. Now for the tougher cuts... I think it's time to cut Secret Avengers. I was getting it for Ed Brubaker's writing, but he has recently departed from the title and to be honest it never really was that interesting. I probably should have cut S.A. a while ago. This is why Marvel should try to spread out their release days a little better. If I wasn't just hit with a large bill I wouldn't have started removing books from my weekly pulls. Secret Avengers was sneaking by because I didn't mind spending a bit extra, once a month, to see if the next issue would be any good. Now, unfortunately, I can no longer take that chance. It better not get good next month!

Amazing Spider-Man is always safe on my list, and Hickman's FF has been so well written that dropping it is not a possibility. Venom, The Might Thor and Wolverine are sticking around for now because their creative teams include some of the best in comics right now (Remender, Fraction, Coipel, Aaron, and Acuna). I ended up cutting three books which seems like a good cut, but as we all know, there will always be new titles that get added to the purchase pile. This cut process will happen again, but it does not have to happen as often. If Marvel could try to space their popular titles a little better I wouldn't notice the obscene amount of money I spend weekly, and monthly, on comic books.

I'll gladly remain broke as long as I'm slowly drained of my money. It's like having a girlfriend as opposed to seeing a prostitute. With a girlfriend I slowly spend my money on her over time and am rewarded with joy when she is happy; however, with the prostitute I spend my money in bulk for moments of pleasure which make me feel good at the time, but very bad later...like when the doctor tells me I just got venereal disease.

Please Marvel, don't give me a VD.

1 comment:

Sollywoods said...

i dropped Secret Avengers this week also. Completely agree with this post! And I think marvel did give me a venereal disease. I feel it whenever I look at the pile of garbage comics I should have dropped earlier - the bitter taste of regret