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What’s new in comics this week? Traditionally it’s a skip week. Your favorite retailer received his books with last week’s shipments and is supposed to hold them for sale for this week.
There were only six of them including Marvel Comics’ Amazing Spider-Man #700, $7.99, by Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos with a cover by Mr. Garcin. Last issue. That’s all the solicitation says. We know it’s the last part of Dying Wish and the last issue of Peter Parker as Spider-Man. Next month’s Superior Spider-Man will debut the beginning of the new, ‘stronger, smarter, Superior Spider-Man’ and I just have no interest in it. Peter Parker is Spider-Man. The death of his Uncle Ben and his direct (un)involvement in that are the driving force behind “With great power, comes great responsibility."
There may be other boyscouts or do-gooders in the world, but who’s going to have the personal motivation to continue through the personal tragedies that have hounded Peter in the past to continue to live up to that great thought. Peter’s my friend and I’ve grown up with him. He may continue to be a part of the story, he’ll have to, because without him it’s not, and never will be, Spider-Man. I’ve heard one customer say I really need to give it a try because the run up to #700 was very exciting and it’s obviously leading towards the Superior Spider-man and I really couldn’t care less.
The sad thing is, I’m not alone. My sales have dropped on the Spider-Man book a little more than 50 percent, and while not indicative of the market as a whole, that’s a huge number. I’ve also seen long time readers let Ultimate and Avenging Spider-man go. It’s a tough time for Peter right now. It’s a good thing we all know he’ll be back. There’s no real drama in Marvel Comics. I’ll be back before I know it and this will go the way of the Clone Saga and Spider-man: The Other and it will be a forgotten part of history…
The other Marvel book this week was Avenging Spider-Man #15.1, $2.99, by Christopher Yost and Paco Medina, with a cover by Paolo Rivera. Meant to coincide with the end of Amazing Spider-man, this is a look back at the greatest conflict in comic’s history: Spider-man vs. Doctor Octopus!...
DC Comics is shipping out Before Watchmen: Night Owl #4 (of 4), $3.99, written by J. Michael Straczynski and John Higgins, with art by John Higgins and various and a cover by Andy Kubert and Bill Sienkiewicz. “Let it burn…”…
They’ve also shipped out a two part crossover with part one of The Throne of Atlantis in Justice League #15, $3.99, by Geoff Johns, Ivan Reis, and Joe Prado. Can the Justice League band together to battle the forces of Atlantis?...
Geoff Johns, Ardian Syaf, Eddy Barrows, and Eber Ferriera have created Aquaman #15, $2.99, part two in The Throne of Atlantis story line, in which the forces of Atlantis invade the surface world…
The last book on sale this week is Image Comics Mara #1 (of 6), $2.99 by Brian Wood, Ming Doyle, and Jordie Bellair.
And that’s it this week. For any of these selections or to browse around what’s available from previous weeks, feel free to visit your local comic store or favorite site. If you’re interested in more of what I have to say, follow me on Twitter at Mycomicstore001 or like my Facebook page.
Michael R. Murray is a full time Letter Carrier for the United States Postal Service who really hates the idea of a Peter Parker-less Spider-man, in the event you didn’t get that from up above.