Today's issue of The Walking Dead has big changes for the comic. I've been asked not to even hint at what they are, so fair enough. It's something Robert Kirkman has kept hidden from solicitations and publicity, so go in expecting… a surprise.
But something I would like to talk about is just how big The Walking Dead #127, published today, is. 44 pages of storytelling, 3 pages of letters and a 6 page colour preview of Outcast. All for $2.99. I picked it up and kept reading. And reading. And reading, expecting it to stop. And it kept going.
Indeed. In a day when Marvel and DC struggle to publish 20 pages of comics for $3.99, I thought it was worth pointing out.
Also, since today's United States Of Murder, the new comic from Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming is published in full colour for $3.99 for 41 pages and 3 pages of backmatter and that actually comes from Marvel.
It makes the splashes and double page splashes far less wasteful when they happen. And they do happen. No ads to break the story up either, somehow they manage without them.
I mean, I say no ads, but…
Of course, it's not "never mind the quality, feel the width". These are both excellent creator owned comics from top quality creators, both out today and with a combined price of $6.98 for 85 pages of comics, that's not bad. At all.
Comics courtesy of Orbital Comics, London. With a Michael Golden/James O'Barr signing today…