Ult_Sm86 wrote:Plans may have changed but Tom was saying on Formspring it was going to be an ongoing....
As for Power Man/Iron Fist, they should both be in Avengers (Secret or New?) coming up along with/beside Murdock returning as Daredevil.
Iron Fist is too old for AA.
An Avengers title could work with those two. I haven't really been watching for news about Avenger cast reshuffling.
Iron Fist isn't too old to be a teacher/leader/whatever-the-role-of-adults-is in AA.
They need to improve their online sales/digital downloads.
Those sales won't matter if people aren't interested in buying what they're selling.
All that said, I think Marvel is doing a better job than DC at handeling their characters right now. They're just having a tough time making female title numbers stick. They're obviously treating the title well, they gave X-23 a great writer and an incredibly talented artist. It was unfair what happened to thet itle, but it's not necessarily Marvel's fault. They could take a page out of DC's campaign book and put ads on TV or other geek-read magazines, but long story short, the readers just didn't like the title. Marvel can't make them buy it.
Both publishers have always had trouble selling solo female titles. It's nothing new, unfortunately. It's something they've never mastered.X-23
sells better than Thunderbolts
, neither of which are being cancelled. Her title isn't selling fantastically, but neither is the title into which she's being moved. I can't imagine that starting off with an FI tie-in did Ghost Rider
any favors. I also think they need to quit it with the female versions of established male characters and, instead, focus on expanding the audience of the established female characters since they don't seem to have a good handle on how to market new characters.
They have a problem consistently selling anything but Avengers, Spider-Man, some core X-titles, and one Wolverine solo book. Even that last one isn't selling as well as it did before they went about renaming then twice relaunching it. Incredible Hulk
#1 sold like crazy, but I don't think inconsistent art--three people on pencils for #2?!--will do it any good; I wouldn't be surprised if it eventually ends up close to its predecessor, as that seems to be the pattern with these things. FF
is almost back to where Fantastic Four
was, and they'll have two titles in that line when the latter returns with #600. (The market barely supports one, so they're adding another? So, which titles will FF fans drop to buy it?) Daredevil
is already back to pre-relaunch numbers. The current Black Panther title took over the Daredevil
numbering and lost half the audience, putting it right back where the last BP ongoing was, before getting canned. Herc's book simply tanked. The event tie-ins aren't granting the significant temporary bumps they once did, and some titles are coming out of them with decreased sales.
As for marketing, they preach to the choir far too much. Do they really think people who aren't already buying comics are frequenting sites like Newsarama? They need to start advertizing outside of the bubble, like DC did with the commercials. That was the smartest thing either company has done in years.