+John Carter: Princess of Mars (mini series) -$2.99
+Dorothy & The Wizard of Oz (mini series) -$3.99
+Marvel Adventures Super Heroes -$2.99
+Marvel Adventures Spider-Man -$2.99
+Muppets Presents (one-shot) -$5.99
+Marvel Super Stars Magazine -$7.99
+Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes Magazine -$9.99
+Batman: Brave and the Bold -$2.99
+Tiny Titans -$2.99
+Young Justice -$2.99
+Cartoon Network Action Pack -$2.99
+Scooby Doo, where are you? -$2.99
+Looney Tunes -$2.99
So, DC is slightly better in the variety and much better in the price range, keeping all books at $2.99. In all honesty, very few parents are going to buy a $5.99-$9.99 comic/magazine to their kids unless they're huge fans, which let's face it, there are few and far in between nowadays. So, that leaves us with Marvel Adventures Super Heroes and Spider-Man and Marvel just cancelled them. What does that leave us? Avengers: EMH and Ultimate Spider-Man which are selling at $3.99/EA. Not good Marvel, not good at all. But Marvel isn't the only one at fault here, ALL THE MAJOR PUBLISHERS HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY to bring in new readers and create All Ages books, and by all ages I don't mean The Muppets or Word Girl (although I wouldn't mind seeing those books on the shelves), what I mean is books that ANYONE can read and enjoy, like the comics they used to make back in the day, which appealed to all audiences. Now, with the New 52, most books are either "T" or "T+" (and of course all Vertigo titles are for Mature Audiences, leaving "under-twelves" ignored yet again.
Sigh… nuff' said.
That's all for now but I'll be writing a bunch of articles tackling this topic because I feel it's a ver serious thing. Please leave your thoughts below.
Manuel A. Carmona