This week, Marvel hit the headlines – and not in a good way. Want to see why?
This week in Marvel
Not all publicity is good publicity. This week, Marvel released a variant cover of Spider-Woman #1 that caused something of a stir. Marvel had recruited Milo Manara, apparently well-known for erotic and pornographic comics, to do a variant cover for them. Just that choice raised eyebrows. And then the cover was exclusively released to Comic Book Resources.
Now, long-term fans will look at this and no doubt think it’s rather tame compared to some of Robert Liefeld’s art. But media reaction has been high-volume, especially because the position is clearly inspired by pornographic art (several sites have examples, but we’re choosing to be a tad more family-friendly here). As Time have observed, courting female fans holds big bucks for Marvel. Spider-Woman is a series aimed to draw in female fans. And this blunder is really, really bad for business.
In the comic-book world, this week saw Original Sin continue in Nova and Original Sins #5. Magneto begins the build-up to AXIS, and the latest issue of X-Factor has hit the shelves!