I like to support my local comic shop and I think AvsX is interesting, but the price for material just isn't worth it.
Speaking of crappy pricing, the third Brubaker DD ultimate collection costs 35 dollars for 15 pages. The first two volumes are 30 dollars for 122 issues. The first two books were expensive enough, the new one is even worse, right? Wrong. Volume 3 is 2.33 per issue (and one of those issues is oversized), while the previous two were 2.50 an issue. Despite being five bucks more expensive Volume 3 is the best deal. Weird stuff. Something else thats interesting the first two volumes were made up of two trades each, and the combined cover price for those two trades matched the price of one UC while the combined coverprice for the three trades that make up Vol 3 is 51 dollars, 16 dollars more expensive.
None of these books come anywhere near the Bendis books' great pricing (less than two bucks an issue) but the paper in the Bendis books is noticeably inferior.
Marvel cosmic needs Jim Starlin back. As long as he is prohibited from using the word 'myriad' ever again.
"Hold my Annihilus." - Johnny Storm, Captain of the Annihilation Wave Armada
Just thought I'd let everyone know that Marvel has started offering several omnibuses to retailers at deep discounts, including Kirby Cap, Balder cover Simonson Thor and Bob Hall cover Squadron Supreme. One of my local retailers, who has been dead against selling omnibuses, had a whole bunch this week and I asked him about them and he said Marvel was offering them at a good discount, so he bought them. They had to be DEEPLY discounted for him to do that. I figured eventually that Marvel would try to get rid of its backstock on a lot of these.
On the 'sexual themes' issue, it's different there as well. That topic just hits too close to home for some people, and they'd rather not read about behavior they find distasteful or immoral. We read comics first and foremost for fun, not to be reminded (or worse, lectured) about sexuality and all that surrounds it.
I've been leaning more and more towards trades and reprints of old material, because frankly, I'm finding that I just don't have much in common with modern thinking on sex, politics, etc. blahblahblah. Yet writers and editors seem intent on making that a part of story lines, for the sake of a 'mature' audience. Why would I want to see all that play out in my comics?
$3.99 IS TOO MUCH FOR A COMIC!
Some things I've noticed as of late: Marvel has been offering DEEP discounts on OHCs, HCs and TPBs that Diamond has remaining in stock. There are a lot of OHCs in comic shops that are odd-numbered, such as Waid FF Vol. 3, Annihilation Conquest 2 and others. These are the leftovers from old stock that have sat for a long time in Diamond's warehouses. Many BAMs are getting these books, too, but they are getting different OHCs, HCs and TPBs than comic shops, which, I've learned from talking to various retailers, is angering many shop owners, who wish they, too, could get the BAM cutout books.
Now that Marvel has offered retailers omnibuses for deep discounts, I wonder how long it will take before we see these in BAMs' cutout sections. BAM has already had the KISS Omnibus for $25, which is about 75 percent off its cover price. Maybe we'll start seeing more $25 Marvel Omnibuses in the cutouts. If so, I'm guessing the bottom will drop out of the omnibus secondary market very quickly.
Thanks for all the helpful responses! Now I'm having an even harder time trying to decide. I'll probably just choose one for this month then get the next when I can save back up for the other.
SPOILER ALERT (a key part of the Avengers movie is discussed here).
With Thanos' appearance at the end of the Avengers movie and the way Thanos items are currently selling, can an omnibus be far behind? Or, maybe Marvel will wait until Avengers 2. I've been seeing Thanos TPBs selling for very high prices lately, with $60 being the average for each TPB, INCLUDING Infinity Gauntlet first prints that were selling for $20 a couple of weeks ago. Surely, someone at Marvel has to be seeing the heat this has brought to Thanos and will move on it.