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There's too much junk in the September solicits, and not enough substance.
It reminds me of the days when Marvel filed for Bankruptcy protection.
There was a LOT of clutter on the shelves.
As for Moon Knight? I collection Moony's comics, but if the series is $3.99 an issue, I will not purchase it.
It's too expensive, and Marvel need to realise this.

Yeah, we are seeing a rehash of the 90s playing out. Next Wednesday, Marvel has 33 titles coming out? That's too much.

But we are seeing the flooding of the market, too many variants, reliance on events for sales, etc.

This time, we also have a single company (Marvel) with a huge percentage of the sales, no strong third company to compete, a bad economy, a dwindling consumer base, no new readers, high prices, and a great reduction of LCSs.

I'd wager that the traditional system (direct market + floppies) has about 5 semi-good years left. One of the biggest factors is the % of stories closing each year, I think I read 20% of stores close each year. And those stores aren't being replaced by new ones.

Of course stories will still be told, but it will be by TPBs, mail distribution (like DCBS), or digital comics. I'd probably put my money on a second tier company like Boom studios to go online (the right way) first, and use something like Amazon Marketplace to sell their comics.

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