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What's up with all the #1's?11339

Collector sportshort private msg quote post Address this user
I don't collect new comics for the most part, my son does, so it was strange to me when i got an email from GoCollect that had a list "new comics this week" ant this is what what was on the list


1. Mirka Andolfo Mercy #1

2. Outer Darkness Chew #1

3. Man-eaters Tomorrow Belongs To You #1

4. Strange Adventures #1

5. Strange Academy #1

6. Spider-man Noir #1

7. Marvel #1

8. 2020 Rescue #1

9. Star Wars Bounty Hunters #1

10. Birthright #42



What the heck!? why is every book a number one,except for Birthright? can someone enlighten me as to what is going on? and how is anyone supposed to keep up with a story or story arc if new number ones are (seemingly) coming out all the time? this, on the surface, looks insane.
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Beaten by boat oars Studley_Dudley private msg quote post Address this user
Bounty Hunters is a spin off the Target Vader mini series.

1 issues tend to sell more than other issues, so that is one reason.
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Collector etapi65 private msg quote post Address this user
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why is every book a number one,except for Birthright?


Money
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and how is anyone is supposed to keep up with a story or story arc if new number ones are (seemingly) coming out all the time?

you're not supposed to, writing has plummeted and they just want your money.
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Collector Yoosh5492 private msg quote post Address this user
I totally agree. And to top it off they add 300 variant covers.
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Collector southerncross private msg quote post Address this user
Birthright 42 is the answer about the universe and everything else 👍
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Collector etapi65 private msg quote post Address this user
Is it about towels?
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Collector sportshort private msg quote post Address this user
@etapi65 , you know it!
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COLLECTOR dielinfinite private msg quote post Address this user
A lot of those are small independent books from creators that tell stories contained in short volumes or one-shots.

A couple are new anthology series

The last few are series for favorite characters that have briefly appeared in other series and one new team

Basically just different material for different readers interested in different things
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Collector sportshort private msg quote post Address this user
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A lot of those are small independent books from creators that tell stories contained in short volumes or one-shots.

A couple are new anthology series

The last few are series for favorite characters that have briefly appeared in other series and one new team


Tell me it doesn't look insane?

I have noticed when I go with my son to get comics there are always new number 1's, I was just taken aback when I saw this crazy looking list of all (but one) number 1's. It certainly looks like a money grab and we all know variants (even though i like some) are clearly a money grab
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COLLECTOR dielinfinite private msg quote post Address this user
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Tell me it doesn't look insane?
Not really

There are more subjects, genres, and stories to be told in just a few ongoing series. Not every book is meant for every reader. Yes there is attention-grabbing power in a #1 but that doesn’t mean there is a deficit of new ideas or talent (not to suggest every book is great).

I see it as comics providing more artists the opportunity to tell more stories than had been possible before. Not all of them will be of interest to me or everyone.
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Beaten by boat oars Studley_Dudley private msg quote post Address this user
Several series also restart with a #1. Some creators take an approach comparable to a television season. For example, Red Team from Garth Ennis has two different storylines, both with #1's. IDW has put out a few GI Joe series that all restart with #1. I think it's just a way to try and sell more and/or distinguish story arc.
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Collector sportshort private msg quote post Address this user
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Tell me it doesn't look insane?
Not really

There are more subjects, genres, and stories to be told in just a few ongoing series. Not every book is meant for every reader. Yes there is attention-grabbing power in a #1 but that doesn’t mean there is a deficit of new ideas or talent (not to suggest every book is great).

I see it as comics providing more artists the opportunity to tell more stories than had been possible before. Not all of them will be of interest to me or everyone.


Here's where we part ways. As I said, I don't collect current books, with very few exceptions, It does look insane! think about it 9 out of 10 are number 1's! I didn't doctor the list I cut and pasted it.

while you could easily be right and I could easily be wrong it looks nuts (to me).
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Collector southerncross private msg quote post Address this user
It is nuts. More so from the big publishers.

Take me back to the old days where a long running Batman title would start a four issue story arc and say so on the cover instead of stopping the long running title.
And start every new story arc with a issue one.

How many amazing Spiderman ones are there ?
A dozen ?
.when I started collecting in the late eighties there were just one.

Simpler times

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Collector xkonk private msg quote post Address this user
1. Mirka Andolfo Mercy #1 - completely new series

2. Outer Darkness Chew #1 - new cross-over

3. Man-eaters Tomorrow Belongs To You #1 - new storyline

4. Strange Adventures #1 - new storyline

5. Strange Academy #1 - completely new series

6. Spider-man Noir #1 - kind of silly renumbering, but last series was 10 years ago

7. Marvel #1 - kind of silly renumbering, but last series was 25 years ago

8. 2020 Rescue #1 - completely new series

9. Star Wars Bounty Hunters #1 - what @Studley_Dudley said

10. Birthright #42 - not a #1

Yeah it seems like a lot, but the list covers a few different publishers and only one are two are the "call it #1 to goose sales" type. I'm positive there are more egregious lists.
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Collector sportshort private msg quote post Address this user
" I'm positive there are more egregious lists."

I'm sure there are, My dead hurts.
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Collector Jabberwookie private msg quote post Address this user
I’m guilty of feeding this beast.

I am really looking forward to the strange academy 1.

But, being a reader from the 70s and 80s, I do like it better when comics have their legacy numbering.

It just always felt cool to be part of that long history and it gave you back issues to go grab.

Now it feels like there’s no real continuity and characters personalities change based on writer.
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COLLECTOR dielinfinite private msg quote post Address this user
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7. Marvel #1 - kind of silly renumbering, but last series was 25 years ago


If you’re referring to Ross and Busiek’s Marvels from 1994, this isn’t a continuation. This is a new mini-series by them that further explores the Marvel Universe but is outside the self-contained story of Marvels.

FYI, Marvels had a proper follow-up mini-series in 2010, though Ross did not return, which followed the protagonist from the original Marvels through Marvel Comics’ bronze age
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Collector Darkseid_of_town private msg quote post Address this user
I agree that the 1 thing is vastly overdone …..I think you have to vote with your wallet....do not buy what is a reach for you or appears to be a cash grab and stick to the things you truly want and need. They wouldnt publish so many number 1's if there were not people grubbing those up in particular often as spec......
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