I posted this on a thread over at the Marvel Masterworks site, but thought that it would be applicable to share here as well. The eBook covers what would presumably be in a Hickman "Fantastic Four" omnibus (a collection that he recently said would be on the way at some point, most likely in two volumes).
I completed my eBook on the Hickman "Fantastic Four" run just prior to Christmas and am currently offering it for free in a promotion that runs until the end of day on January 1st. If you don't have a Kindle or a phone/tablet to install the Kindle app on, you can read it on your computer via Amazon's Kindle Cloud reader that will launch within your browser.
It had a handful of sales at 99 cents upon release and earned 1 review (with a quite dismissive 1-star rating). In commenting on the negative review, I offered the following perspective on the book's intended audience:
'I wrote the book with the casual or lapsed "Fantastic Four" fan in mind. I’d initially thought of approaching the project as a page-by-page annotation, similar to what others have done with Neil Gaiman's "Sandman." However, I didn't find that Hickman's run had quite the page-by-page depth of "Sandman." Rather, Hickman's strength was in planting numerous tiny story threads that paid off later in the run.
As such, my comments on early issues began very much in a synopsis mode (ex. updating lapsed readers with the background of Nu-World, etc.). As I approached Hickman's later issues, I was able to provide a connection of the dots back to where seeds had been planted in prior issues. In many cases, what might have been forgettable incidents a dozen issues in the past (between the "Fantastic Four" and "FF" titles) later had elevated importance.'
Here's the link to get a free copy (again, until 11:59pm PST on January 1st):
If you find the book helpful or interesting, I ask that you please take a moment to add a positive review on Amazon to help balance out the initial review. If you don't like it, I'll certainly take that feedback too and try to update the book.
This has been a passion project rather than a money maker, since the market for this particular book is likely rather small. At the 99 cent price, Amazon takes around 77 cents for itself, so best-case is that I'll be able to someday take my wife out for dinner (hopefully to something other than McDonald's).
Unfortunately, writing the book was not the 'hasty' process that the initial reviewer had assumed. Given the effort that went into producing the book, I'd rather not see it die such a quick death.
If the general consensus is that 'This book is awful,' I will likely split it up on my website as a series of articles. I think that it does work better as an eBook though, since that's much handier from a quick reference standpoint than clicking around on a website. It is also available off-line when in an eBook format.