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Civil War Delayed?!?

In the words of too many word balloons to ever count, “Noooooooooooooooooooooo!”

More like “@#*%!!!”

Okay, so I’ve been sitting here for a couple days wondering what I was going to say about Marvel’s Civil War being delayed. I’m not crazy about all of these big deal universe-altering uber-events that Marvel and DC keep throwing at us. I’ve liked a lot of the tie-ins with Civil War because it’s been series that I usually read anyway. In other words, other than Civil War and Frontline, it’s not costing me anything more than usual.

Civil War has been great. Like Identity Crisis and unlike Infinite Crisis, this has been a great read and each issue has been one of the ones that scream “READ ME NOW!” as soon as you get home from the store…

Frontline has been pretty good, too. I didn’t like the chopped up short stories at first – actually it took about three issues – but if these events were really going on in the world, the reporters would have a big role. The media would be everywhere. Frontline is just a look inside that, as well as other sides. I really am enjoying the Ben Urich and Speedball storylines.

Okay, I’ll admit to save Cal from posting about it: I not only feel sorry for Speedball, probably the lamest Marvel hero ever, I actually like him now. Sad, but true.

Anyhow, then the news hits that this series is being delayed. Steve McNiven, the artist, is behind. Marvel decided not to put in a fill-in artist.

That sucks, but it’s not so bad. I think it’s cool that they were loyal to the guy.

But what I don’t like is not knowing until the DAY BEFORE the issue was supposed to come out.

Didn’t they have to know a month or so before? I mean, I’m not sure how long it takes to print and ship and get everything to the store, but it wasn’t the day before the book was supposed to come out, right?

14 Responses to “Civil War Delayed?!?”

  1. Cal says:

    I wondered if you were going to post anything about this, but then it wasn’t Bendis so I didn’t know if you cared. Just kidding!

    I think they could have put another really good artist on the book and brought McNiven back for the next issue.

    What’s wrong with Oliver Coipel (House of M) or David Finch (New Avengers)? These guys could have done it without too much of a style change, don’t you agree?
    CUL8R!

  2. Me says:

    Cal, I don’t even think that either of those guys – Coipel or Finch or anyone else for that matter – are the issue. McNiven shouldn’t have been late or they shouldn’t have scheduled it the way they did, but that doesn’t even matter later.

    What matters is that they are just taking advantage of us by telling us the day before something was supposed to come out that it wasn’t coming out.

    THAT is what I’m angry about. Why buy into their PR anymore? They don’t care.

  3. Cal says:

    Dude, they don’t care because “they” is a corporation, which is incapable of caring (or liking or hating or almost any-ing at all).

    I’m not defending them, but they didn’t suddenly change from a big caring teddy bear into a “thing” (so to speak, sorry Ben Grimm) over this one issue. They’re a company that only cares about the bottom line – if I was their stockholder, that’s what I’d want.

    What you’re pissed off about is that they’re taking it for granted that their customers will stay loyal.

    L8R/D

  4. Me says:

    Who are you and what have you done with Cal?

  5. Cal says:

    Ha! I actually paid attention in Econ last year, and actual education actually occurred! Seriously, who knew?

  6. Me says:

    You’re changing the subject.

  7. Cal says:

    Trying to. Apparently failing.

  8. Me says:

    I read a lot of the posts on Newsarama. Here’s the one that I liked the best: “This is a pretty major screw up. Pushing it back is one thing, not telling anyone about it till the day before the book ships is pretty inconsiderate. Say what you will about how both major publishers have manged to pretty much screw over their delivery schedule, this is pretty much as bad as it can get………..”

    That really says it for me.

  9. Cal says:

    Dude, in that SAME THREAD – at the start of it – here’s Steve McNiven’s quote: “Hey folks, just thought I should get a post up here. First up apologies to the fans and retailers of civil war. The responsibility for the art delays lies with me, period. I’ve been working harder than I ever have, (and this is my third profession), but this is the hardest project I’ve ever done and as Mark said, I had little lead time. It was as big a surprise to me as anyone else that Marvel changed its publishing schedule to allow Mark and I to finish the series together.”

    Seems to me like he’s saying it’s his fault, but he’s happy to get the chance to finish.

  10. Me says:

    Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

    Don’t you get it, man? ALL I’m saying is that Marvel knew this and should have told us sooner. I would have waited and been cool with it. I bet most fans would be the same.

  11. Cal says:

    Just yanking your chain, man. Ha! I totally agree.

    Here’s the quote from ICv2: Most of the handful of retailers interviewed by ICv2 agreed with Brian Hibbs of Comix Experience in San Francisco, who called the delays, “A horrifically embarrassing situation. It’s not just about the Civil War titles, it’s about the bread and butter Marvel issues that are being pushed back. The loss of momentum is ugly — Marvel needs to do some sort of a “make-up” for fans and retailers. This is an epic mistake. While I am very sympathetic to the “art versus commerce” elements of the decision, when it impacts the entire line like this, it’s a choice you just can’t make.”

    You have officially had your chain yanked.

  12. Me says:

    You got me, man. I thought you were taking their side.

  13. Cal says:

    I just wish it would hurry up and come out.

  14. Me says:

    Me, too.

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