|Fear Itself (main miniseries) #2|
|Cover to Flashpoint (main minseries) #1|
|Fear Itself off shoot miniseries|
|Avengers #15 ties into Fear Itself|
|Flashpoint off shoot miniseries|
|Flashpoint (main miniseries) #3|
|Death of Cpt. America|
|List of Flashpoint comics for the month of May & June|
Renumbering of books is pandering to an outside audience and is neglectful of the core audience, like myself and other fanboys that regularly purchase these comics. Similarly, Kevin Smith (at the Calgary Red State premier) pointed out the pitfalls of not pleasing your core audience and worrying too much about the outside audience. The people that pay you for your services every month, according to Smith, are the ones to care for. The people that have never bought your product may never buy your product and it is not worth altering your product to appease those that were never interested in it, which is an action that can easily alienate the people that have supported you over the years. It is great if new people purchase your product, but it is not worthwhile loosing your core group to do so. I wonder how much of that core group has been lost versus new purchasers showing up because of comic book renumbering?
Below are 5 #1 issues of the Avengers that have been released over the past 10 years, and this is only a sampling of their #1 issues!