.... and I feel fine.
It's the WeboComicsBlogoNet buzz today, what all the cool kids are talking about in their fancy virtual soirees. Graeme, Heidi, Johanna, Ragnell, Brian Hibbs, and many more that I've already lost track of are reacting with surprise, dismay, and indignation.
For retailers: yes. Yes, yes, yes. This is a financial disaster in the making, as the title that's establishing a new ceiling for comic sales starts shipping aeons late, and drags a big chunk of Marvel's product line with it. As a retailer, I'd be furious.
But I'm not a retailer. So I am not furious. As a reader, I'm supposed to be indignant? To point and laugh? To make comparisons to 52?
Whatever the problems are, let's take the lateness for granted. That ship has sailed. So the options are delays, or replacements. McNiven's work has been astounding in Civil War, and is the single note where the 52 comparisons go awry. Sure, 52 is on time ... but it's not in the same universe as what McNiven's doing. Quality art takes time, and the 52 shop has obviously made one decision and Marvel the other.
Ideally, Civil War would be running on time. But if not, and I'd rather wait for Millar/McNiven then get immediate gratification from a Bart Sears fill-in.
It's easy to take potshots at the Big Two as assembly-line comics that exist solely to service trademarks and provide a monthly hit., always sacrificing art for the bottom line. Were Marvel to anounce replacements, the cry would ring out that they are "out to make a cheap buck". Marvel here is making the choice towards keeping an artistic vision intact, and still can't win.