Monday, December 21, 2009

Red Circle

I've got a question for the readers out there: am I the only one reading the Red Circle books? I don't care one way or another. I'm really enjoying them, but I'm not going to tell you that you should buy them (especially since they're $3.99 books in this economy).

I'm reading them, and I'm wondering if anybody else is as well. If you are do you like them? Hate them? Do you like the main stories or the backups? Are you interested in the additional stuff coming down the pipeline?

Or have you never touched a Red Circle book and plan to keep things that way? Inform me, friends.



At 1:08 AM, Blogger Patrick C said...

I haven't done any more than flip through the JMS issues while in the store. To be honest, I have no interest in the titles. I've got limited funds, so I'm not in a position to take a chance on a 3.99 book. I doubt anything short of a Superboy guest spot would get me to pick one up.

At 11:34 AM, Blogger Diamondrock said...

Yes, that makes perfect sense. I don't understand why DC decided to launch these books in the format they did. They're good books, but lots of good books slip through the cracks.

They aren't going to get people to pick up $3.99 books by unknown characters without a reason. They should have launched them as $2.99 without the backups -- or as minis first.

Still, I'm going to be disappointed when they get canceled (which they will). Especially The Shield, which rocks.

At 1:18 PM, Blogger logos999 said...

I read all the one-shots and stuck with the Shield ongoing. It actually hits that weird 'military' vein that I tend to forget I enjoy. Plus the page layouts have been pretty stellar. I'm not liking the art on the Inferno backup as much, but the story seems to be a little meatier than some of the other backups. I'm definitely getting $3.99 of enjoyment out of the title.

At 3:24 PM, Blogger SallyP said...

Can't say that I've even picked them up. I'm not familiar with the characters other than what I've picked up here and there on the internet, so I've just never developed much of an interest.

At 3:37 PM, Blogger Kello said...

There's nothing about them that makes me want to buy them. I'm pretty snobby that way, when it comes to Marvel and DC. The heroes all look pretty mediocre.

At 6:24 PM, Blogger Patrick C said...

I think they need to increase awareness of these characters more. Not crossovers, but acknowledge the characters exist in other titles. We had the screenshots in that one issue of Superman, but Blackest Night they've been completely absent.

Have them show up somewhere, and then an Editor's Note "to continue following the Shield's adventures, check out Shield #7!" or something like that.

At 11:47 PM, Blogger Diamondrock said...

logos: That's how I'm feeling about the book as well. There's a lot of meat in there for $3.99, though I can understand why that still might not be enough for most readers.

Sally: I think this is part of the problem with the Red Circle stuff. They just haven't gotten the awareness of them out there. They need to do something to get them in the public eye if they want them to sell.

Kello: I understand that sentiment. There's some unique stuff in the Red Circle books, but again, DC hasn't done a good job of letting people know about it.

Patrick: Like I was saying above, you're right on the money. I feel like DC has botched the Red Circle rollout, which I think is a damn shame.

At 3:02 AM, Anonymous Spectrum Rider said...

I'm reading them just to see where they're going, but I can't say I'm really enjoying them too much. Unlike logos999, I'm not much into the "military superhero" shtick, and once Magog turned up I was really turned off. And the Web continues to seem like a very wealthy man trying out one bad idea after another.

I'm not real big on the mass incorporation of outside characters into the DCU. I would have preferred that Red Circle and Milestone each got their own universe to play with. The current DCU is wildly overcrowded with overly-similar characters. The Hangman, for example, just strikes me as a poor man's Spectre.


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