Thanks for the reply, @David_D. I agree with you on many points. We definitely have a long way to go before we can really judge this as win, lose, or draw, and sales may tell a radically different story than what I've seen in some of the negative reviews.
I'm not sure I agree that fans will wait for Uncanny Avengers the same way many did for Astonishing X-Men. This is a very different John Cassaday on this book, and Remender's draw is different from Whedon's. However, again, it's too soon to analyze too much. :)
And @SigurdJarlson, you are not alone! I am also adding new Marvel titles every month. Good reviews or bad, this re-whatever-it-is means a convenient chance to find new titles to enjoy. That alone would have me sampling for these first few months.
The weak reviews are starting to pile up. If I was a Marvel exec, I'd be wondering if we made the wrong choice not going for a complete reboot. Even worse, if the company does try to compensate with a full reboot in another year or so, it just means more #1s, further diluting the special-ness of it all. It's a shame. Really hoping this week brings some better reviews. Marvel needs it, right NOW.
It really was such a nice surprise hearing everyone sound off in the introduction. Thanks to you all for making the time to get together. The resulting episode has been a blast.
Regarding Marvel Now, you guys really touched on some interesting stuff. Why not just call it Avengers, and capitalize on the brand identity? IMO, because they are trying to be all things to all people. Make it "Avengers" to get the movie people, but make it "not just Avengers" to be something new for the direct market crowd. Typically, this type of move would fail on both fronts. We'll see how this one plays out. I have high hopes for the relaunch (not reboot, gotta side with Murd on that one.) :)
That's all for now. Thanks again for the great ep, and stay safe during the storm.