It’s becoming more and more apparent to me that my days of paying $2.99 for an X-Men comic is coming to a close.
Of my current eight monthly* titles, three of them – New Mutants, X-Factor, X-Men: Legacy – are still holding their old $2.99 price tag. One of them (New Mutants) is about to end and another (X-Men: Legacy) is about to get a brand new renumbering scheme, as are many of the Marvel books**. With the new X-Men: Legacy #1 comes a dollar jump in the price, though absolutely no added content whatsoever to justify the new price. In fact, the book is being retooled into a title featuring Legion, which means I will not be buying it.***
The September solicitations have Astonishing X-Men listed at $2.99, so we’ll see if that one stays consistent. Would be nice.
I do have to say this, though. At even a dollar less, X-Factor is a steal compared to some of the other slop Marvel tosses out at $3.99. It’s truly a gem.
* – Calling a Marvel title “monthly” is laughable, as my titles have been coming out 2-3 issues a month for over a year now with no end to it in sight.
** – Just because Marvel is ending several books’ numbering and restarting with new issue #1’s, that should not be seen as an attempt to hit the success that DC got with its “New 52”. It’s just a coincidence. Really.
*** – Marvel has done me a huge favor by ending X-Men Legacy’s numbering and restarting it with a higher price and unappealing theme. As a completist who owns all of the nearly 300 issues of the book since its launch in 1991, I normally would feel obligated to continue a title’s run even into less enjoyable times. With its renumbering, Marvel has given me the perfect “jumping off” point that I can keep my anal retentive persona happy while not getting a title I’m uninterested in.