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Matt Johnson is the owner of Cup o’ Kryptonite, a Des Moines comic book store and coffee shop.
This week I finished a fantastic book called Marvel Comics: The Untold Story, a history of the business side of Marvel Comics. It highlights eras of comics as events in the company’s history, but looks much more at how the company sold its books, who was in charge and how they acted towards their employees.
In an article describing The Wolverine’s opening weekend box office take, USA Today stumbled upon an inkling of something comic book readers have known to be true for over two decades: There is way too much Wolverine. The article said that the the movie’s opening weekend take of $55 million, which earned it the number one spot, was good for a sixth entry in a franchise. But then they took a step into territory heretofore uncharted by the mainstream media:
There’s a conflict at the very heart of the latest Wolverine series. The book is going to great lengths to stress its importance; not only has the title character lost his healing factor as of #6, but the Watcher has popped up on a couple of occasions, and naming stories “Mortal” and “Killable” carries obvious weight. Yet while the series has shaken up the status quo in a big way, it seems inconceivable that the end result these changes seem to be pointing toward - the death of Wolverine - will take place within its pages. Were it to happen, such a headline-grabbing development would be reserved for a line-wide Marvel event.