So it’s confirmed that $4 Marvel comics (which means pretty much all Marvel comics) will no longer include free digital copies with them. Instead, they give you a couple older comics for free each week, and it’s the same selection no matter how many comics you pick up. The free digital copies were the only thing that kept the Marvel comics as valuable as an individual DC comic (which are mostly $3 right now). As such, I’ll be slowly moving away from Marvel for the next while and towards other companies, as each current story arc ends. I’ll still be reading and reviewing Marvel, but I’ll be significantly cutting back so that I’ll only be reading a handful of favourites. Instead of being in the range of 4-8 Marvel comics a week, it might get narrowed down to as low as 6-10 a month.
There are other reasons I’ll be slowly moving away from Marvel, but I’ll save that for another time if I feel like it. I get why smaller companies like Image, Dynamite and IDW charge $4 a comic, because they don’t have as much sales and they need the money. Marvel doesn’t need $4 a comic, not when they’re owned by a company that just became the first movie studio to earn $7 at the box office in a single year (that happened before Star Wars: Rogue One released too). It’s as simple as that.
Anyway, the comics I picked up include Inhumans vs. X-Men 4, The Unworthy Thor 4, Star Wars Doctor Aphra 4, Black Widow 11, All-New Wolverine 17, Red Sonja 2, Supergirl 6, Wonder Woman 16 and Detective Comics 950. Here are my first impressions, and links to full reviews will be added when they’re posted.
All-New Wolverine 17 review
Supergirl 6 review
Inhumans vs X-Men 4 review