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Subj: Re: Why not?
Posted: Sun Oct 24, 2010 at 05:33:07 pm EDT (Viewed 106 times)
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Posted: Sat Oct 23, 2010 at 05:39:33 pm EDT (Viewed 126 times)


      It'd be interesting to see what the sales will be if they ever put out issues without variant covers. And as we get into two-times-a-month Dan Slott, I'm thinking the potential exists for an even greater drop.

    Good point. In fact, with one fewer book a month, wouldn't even equal sales equate to a substantial drop?

The most important thing to consider is that it depends on what Marvel considers a success. As fans we really only have access to initial direct orders for issues, we cant see the creative costs, actual orders, collection sales, digital sales, etc.

It seems one of Marvel's biggest criticism of the BND stories is the poor art on the titles. Many issues are being done by relatively no-name creators like Paul Azaceta, who's art isn't really the "mainstream" style that Spider-Man fans are used to. I'm sure a big part of that decision is artist cost and time constraints with the 3 times a month schedule. The second part of this is going to be addressed with the two times a month schedule. So now it's going to be more likely to get bigger artists on the title since they will have more time.

Slott's never been known for being a commercially successful writer. His run on She-Hulk was always near cancellation, and his run on Mighty Avengers was much lower than Bendis's (Bendis at 70K, Slott at 50K). I thinks it's hard to expect that Slott will increase sales on any title he works on. And to be clear I like most of his stuff.

I think two things are ultimately going to happen now:

- No huge increase in per issue sales. The fans that are gone are not coming back, and there would be no real draw to get new readers. Potentially sales could start to rise if the stories get good word of mouth. A $3.99 price point (so $8 a month) is also going to scare away readers.
- A secondary ongoing series. It's going to happen, with probably a known creative team.
- A crapload of miniseries. We've already seen it start with things like Osborn and Carnage. I'm sure some of the writers involved with the series like FVL, Kelly, Wells, and Waid still have stories they want to tell. And if a big name creator like Loeb says he wants to write a Spider-Man story they aren't going to put that in the ASM series.

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