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By Lee Roberts

Deadpool Gets Limited A Lot and Print Subs

One thing that comics do a lot of, other than variant covers and high priced one shots, is picking a certain character to publish a lot of books with. Usually it's dealing with one of the characters or teams of a movie that's recently been released but sometimes they pick some that have nothing other than their popularity. One currently with the movies is the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy, just look at some of the books coming out with the characters. There's a Rocket Raccoon title, this week’s release of the Legendary Star Lord, and they even had a 2 issue prelude for the movie but that team is not the one I want to talk about.
Deadpool is the one I want to talk about and all the many 4 issue limited series he's been getting lately.

I'm going to give the list of them that start back in 2009, excluding the Fear Itself title because that one was a tie in and though is a limited series it was one of pretty much all the Marvel titles getting one so it's not part of the list, but these rest will show you what I mean.
1) Deadpool: Suicide Kings #1-5 (June–October 2009)
2) Prelude to Deadpool Corps #1-5 (May 2010)
3) Deadpool: Wade Wilson's War #1-4 (August–November 2010)
4) Deadpool Pulp #1-4 (November 2010 - February 2011)
5) Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe #1-4 (October 2012)
6) Deadpool Killustrated #1-4 (March–June 2013)
7) Deadpool Kills Deadpool #1-4 (July–October 2013)
8) Night of the Living Deadpool #1-4 (March-May 2014)
9) Deadpool Vs. Carnage #1-4 (June-August 2014)
10) Deadpool Vs. X-Force #1-4 (August-November 2014)
These last two haven't came out yet but are planned to come out soon.
11) Hawkeye Vs. Deadpool #1-5
12) Deadpool: The Gauntlet Infinite Comic #1-13
See that count? 9 already have been published and 2 more set to come out, one being the Infinite series with 13, though I'm still unsure if this will get print or stay digital. My point here with these are that Deadpool has been getting at least 2 limited series a year since 2010 and more planned. Don't get me wrong, I've been reading most of them, I didn't get three of the first 9 that's came out but I have read them but as for the other 6 I have them all. Like most of these 4 issue limited series, having only 4 issues to tell the story in is not enough. The series I enjoyed the most, Night of the Living Deadpool, and that's for many reasons other than it involving Deadpool. One is that the book was done in both black & white and color (everything was black & white except for Deadpool who remained in color), the story was one that was written well and it was fun, the art is good, the covers are great and funny, and the ending was something I didn't expect. In fact most of the series are good, just not enough of them but I like that they are keeping up with these books and I think this is something that other characters should get.

Now I know that Deadpool is a popular character, he has his own on-going title, but he has had one throughout the years that's been renewed and canceled, but unlike Deadpool there are other characters that don't have his popularity or sales. Longshot has been given a limited series, but what about other characters that has either never been given a on-going or just can't hold down one? I would like to see more with Jubilee (even though she was given one with Wolerine), another X-Men Kitty Pryde but with Lockheed, Molecule Man, or even another villain like Juggernaut (Magneto does well and I think a limited one with ol' Juggy would work). I know that these are iffy but a 4 issue limited series would be better than an on-going because the story is given and ended without it getting old and drawn out. This way it will leave people wanting more, or should.

Along with all the titles I buy at Dave's Comic Shop in Fort Mill, SC, I have a bunch of Marvel print subscriptions that I get in the mail. It used to be done quite well but after the switch to Midtown Comics there are a few issues that I have to deal with that being a collector I don't care much for. First is the plastic wrap it's sent it, there are times that I get it where it's already open, the top will be open or the back spine will be, or a side will be open. How easy will it be for the comic to just slip right out of the bag? Now is having it come open an issue that Midtown should deal with? Some might say no because they are sent out unopened and it's somewhere in the mail system that it arrives that way. Here's my side to that, put the comics back in bags that were thick and strong enough to survive the mailing without getting open. The plastic is thin and weak now, it's flimsy enough to easily get tore and that damages or could damage the comic, or like I said have one slip out.

Second problem is one that is with Midtown, the backboards that are sent to support the comic. Now I know that while being mailed there will times that the comic is going to get bent, but these new boards are also thin and flimsy. They are easily bent where they give no support really to the comics being ordered. It don't have to be anything like hard cardboard but come on, when I get my comics I want them to be as close to mint as I can get them. It used to be the rare comic that came in the mail that was messed up, not near mint but they were in great shape but not anymore. It's now the other way around where I rarely get one that don't come where it's bent, ripped, wrinkles, and folds in the comic. I get them where the comic is glued to the bag or bag glued to comic, I had one X-Men come as if it had been put through a ringer (which this could be due to the mailing system but again, better bags and boards to support the comic the less likely this will happen) and so many now come messed up that it's getting to be a hassle. I collect comics as I read them, if all I'm doing is going to read them I can get digital comics where I don't have to wait and I save more money by not having to get bags, boards, and boxes and they won't take up space in my home.
Now it's not all that bad, there are some advantages to the print subscriptions. One is that it is cheaper, another is that I know I will get my issue (for the most part, I'm still missing some Hulk's and Wolverines because the web site was down for so long that I had moved while it was down and had to phone in my new address that they said was fixed but I continued for months getting comics in with that yellow redirect address sticker on it were they were going to my old address and once the site was fixed I checked and it showed my old address as the main address and there were still a few titles going to it). There's also a new feature that allows you to get a subscription to the limited series, like the Original Sin that's going on right now that's only 8 issues, you can order that. Warning though, if you get any of the print subscriptions, along with the damage your comic might come in, you will have to wait up to a month or longer before it comes in the mail so if you are getting one of these limited series you might have the ending spoiled long before you get the issue.