Thursday, February 4, 2010

Marvel GN's for Under $10?

Alright, all of you that have been reading this blog, know that I've been highlighting various GN for under $10 a pop. DC/Vertigo/Wildstorm, and Image have quite a nice selection. I didn't even list all of them, there are THAT many from both of those publishers.

This SO isn't the case with Marvel. Honest to god, I went looking around the shop today for Marvel GN for under $10 that I could recommend, and you know how many I came up with? Two, yep, thats right TWO. And one of them doesn't count because it's out of print!


First up, Runaways digest-sized GN's, 9 volumes total, each volume is $7.99-$9.99, written by some top-notch talent: Brian K. Vaughn, Joss Whedon, and Terry Moore.

The write-up for Volume one of this acclaimed series:

Cover & pencils by ADRIAN ALPHONA
All young people believe their parents are evil ... but what if they really are? Meet Alex, Karolina, Gert, Chase, Molly and Nico - whose lives are about to take an unexpected turn. When these six young friends discover their parents are all secretly super-powered villains, the shocked teens find strength in one another. Together, they run away from home and straight into the adventure of their lives - vowing to turn the tables on their evil legacy.
Collects the critically acclaimed RUNWAWAYS #1-6 in the affordable, full color 5"x8" Digest format!
144 PGS./5"x8"/ MARVEL AGE (12+)


Mini Marvels

Volume One: Rock, Paper, Scissors, and Volume Two: Secret Invasion are both out of print. They retailed at $9.99 each. These books are loads of fun for fans of all ages. The great thing about the Chris Giarrusso strips collected in these volumes is many times the action/story is based loosely on events happening in the Marvel U at the time of publication. Very funny stuff for fans in the know, and kids enjoy these books too because the characters are so cute and silly. Highly recommended reading. I have literally sold the piss out of both of these, mostly due to Mike's passion for the Mini Marvels strips, but we weren't the only stores that did well with these, Marvel went back to press twice for Volume One. The sad thing is now you can only purchase the Ultimate Collection, and not only does it cost $19.99, it doesn't include all of the strips that were in the original Chris G. Volumes One and Two, it includes SOME of those strips, along with strips by Sean McKeever, Paul Tobin, Audry Loeb, and others. While the Ultimate Collection is nice with it's assortment of strips, I would like to have the original two volumes put back into print for the original retail of $9.99 each.

Here is the write-up for the Mini Marvels Ultimate Collection:

All-ages fun featuring the wild and crazy kid counterparts to Marvel's greatest heroes! Featuring Spidey, Wolverine, Iron Man, Hulk and more Marvel favorites - reimagined for an all-ages audience! ALL your favorite Mini Marvels adventures collected in one hilarious and action-packed collection! Be there when Spidey gets the Paperboy Blues, Wolverine goes on a Cereal Quest, Hulk goes on a date and the Fantastic Four are impersonated by Skrulls. Plus: Spidey gets in over his head when he babysits Power Pack, but he gets by with a little help from his AMAZING FRIENDS Iceman and Firestar!
216 PGS./All Ages ...$19.99


So I literally spent the last hour wandering around the store trying to find Marvel GN's for under $9.99, ANY GN for under $9.99. The ONLY ones I could find were the original kids-friendly digest sized GN's, which includes an assortment of Marvel Adventures GN's and other all-ages fare. While many of these books are fun little reads, I would like to see Marvel publish a few key Volume Ones for $9.99. They could print them on newsprint for god's sake, who cares, but something would be better than nothing. They could focus on introductory volumes, such as Ultimate Spider-man Volume One for $9.99, or they could focus on low-selling titles that could use the boost, you know the ones I'm referring to, the critical darlings that fall short of Marvel's ideal profit plateau, such as Agents of Atlas. (You might recall I already mentioned this option in a previous post, but it bears repeating). Or how about NextWave Volume One for $9.99? I could recommend a list of great choices for Marvel to reprint for $9.99. Hell, they could reprint them in the small digest size for all I care, just make them affordable, that's all I'm asking here.

To illustrate just how much Marvel is SO not behind this idea, the three all-ages graphic novels that were released this week ranged in price from $14.99-$19.99. Not only are we talking a higher price-point we are talking about Marvel's new size format for these all-ages books. The traditional all-ages GN's, such as the Runaways and original Mini Marvels GN, were released in the digest size: 7 3/4" x 5 1/8". The new size that Marvel has been publishing is 8 3/4" x 5 3/4".

Let's look at the three all-ages GN from this week, just for fun!

Iron Man: Tales of the Golden Avenger
This volume collects various issues of the now-defunct all-ages Marvel Adventures: Iron Man title and issues #3-#4 of Iron Man and Power Pack. Why only the last two issues of the IM/PP mini? I have no clue.

Iron Man: Armor Wars
This volume collects the recent 4-issue Armor Wars mini-series, plus the random Iron Man #225, from the original Iron Wars saga from back in the day. Pfft, whatever.

Star Comics: All Star Collection Volume Two
What the hell is this, one might ask, well back in the 80's Marvel had an imprint called Star that published all of their kids titles. This particular volumes collects, ok you might want to sit down for this exciting selection of titles collected in this volume: Planet Terry #3-#4, Top Dog #4-#6, Wally the Wizard #3-#4, and the long awaiting Royal Roy #3-#4. You get ALL of this for the low, low price of $19.99. WOW, what an amazing collection of crap!
In case you were wondering Volume One of Star Comics All Stars contains the earlier issues of these titles. So, if you want to catch up on any or all of these stellar kids titles of yesteryear, be sure to pick up Volume One first or you will be completely lost!
Ok, I understand Marvel wanting to reprint some of their old kids titles, I get it, but in collections for $19.99 EACH? Wow, you can find all of these issues at any given convention in quarter boxes, I gurantee it. Why didn't they collect each series in one volume for a LOWER price point? If they had published Planet Terry #1-#4 in a little digest sized book for $7.99 or less, there would be a chance, however slight, that I would be able to sell that book. Instead, if for some unknown reason you DID want to relive your childhood with your favorite Wally the Wizard comics, you would have to spend $40.00 American Dollars to read the entire run of FOUR issues. That equals out to $10.00 AN ISSUE! Did I order Volume One and Two of Star Comics All Stars for the shop? Well, yes, I like to have ALL of the releases from any major publisher in the store. We are the ultimate destination for Graphic Novels afterall, so I HAD to order it, but I still am allowed to bitch.

If anyone out there can think of anything that Mavel has published for under $10.00 that is note-worthy, feel free to comment.

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