Monday, January 31, 2022

Marvel Unlimited: Signing Off

I have come to the end of my Marvel Unlimited subscription.  By conservative estimate, I would say I have read over 600 comic books over the past two years, average cost to me at 25 cents per.  That's a bargain by any standard.  I could hardly have asked for a better vehicle for my immersion in the Marvel Universe - got to spend some quality time with Star Wars comic books, too.  A big thank you to the Comic Book Herald for their reading guides as well.

To wrap up, a few awards...

Most Dependable Marvel Series: The Amazing Spider-Man

Most Dependable Star Wars Series: X-Wing Rogue Squadron

Best Story Arc: Daredevil: Born Again

Best Single Issue: The Amazing Spider-Man #121

Best Character: Wolverine

Best Team: X-Men

Best Writer: Frank Miller

Best Artist: Alex Ross

As I am dropping this feature, The Armchair Squid will have a new posting schedule, beginning next week:

Tuesdays: Family Adventures

Fridays: Star Trek

My Recent Reads

Age of Apocalypse One Shot
Cover Date: May 2005
Writer: Scott Lobdell
Artist: Alvin Lee

Blink #1
March 2001
Lobdell/Trevor McCarthy


  1. My comic-book experiences are limited because our family's favorites were mainly DC. However, I do find Marvel stories translate into film really well.

    Friday ST sounds good to me. Just commented on your post of 1/28. Thanks!

  2. I want to argue that Spider-Man is the better character but, really, I can't dispute your results even if I would differ on a few things.

    1. I would gladly entertain that argument. I should clarify: Wolverine represents a character-type I love. I like moral ambiguity. At his best, I feel Wolverine is the strongest character in the Thing-Hulk line. That's not to say they always get him right. They don't, which is why the "dependable" tag for Spidey is far from meaningless.

      That said, regarding Spidey, I find the Peter Parker world more satisfying than the character himself. I would say the same for Matt Murdock/Daredevil, actually, though once again Spidey/Peter wins on dependability.

    2. It's funny you bring up Daredevil there. Prior to the 90s, Daredevil was considered a part of the Spidey-verse. heh
      That was back in the days of there being only four camps:
      Avengers, Fantastic Four, X-Men, and Spider-Man.

      And don't get me wrong, I love Wolverine. He has always been my #2, but, back when I was reading, it seemed that outside of Claremont, writers got him wrong as often as not. Spider-Man, as a character, is easier to grasp, which makes him more dependable.

      As an aside, Batman suffers the same difficulty as Wolverine, though it seems that DC/Warner has decided to abandon the complexities of that character in favor of just making him vengeance driven. It's sad. He's not the Punisher. Though the Punisher wasn't always the Punisher, either. He used to be a character concerned about justice, also.

    3. For DC, Batman is far and away the most interesting character. Unless you count villains. Then it's the Joker. There is a reason two people have won Oscars for that role.