Did you manage to score any of those free Marvel #1 comics? Marvel offered 700 first issues through Comixology and apparently inspired demand so great Comixology's servers couldn't handle it. While most of the offerings held little to no interest for me-- Marvel Ultimates, Marvel Zombies, Marvel Now, Avengers vs. X-Men and stuff like that-- I did find 84 comics both old and new I loaded into my digital shopping cart. Then I couldn't complete the transaction because Comixology wouldn't let me sign in.
The shopping process went as usual. Maybe a little more slowly, but not so much it taxed my patience. Then the sign-in stage and nothing but a blank screen. I left it for a while, watched a little Japanese television-- celebrities who graduated from the top universities here taking a kanji quiz while dressed in high school uniforms-- then came back to find that same blank screen. I turned off my computer and picked up an actual book. I'll try again tomorrow, I thought.
Now Marvel and Comixology have suspended the offer so I'm out in the cold. I'm a little disappointed, but those are the breaks in this digital age. Fortunately, I'd previously bought a few of the number ones offered-- New Mutants, Fantastic Four and some others from the good ol' days.
But there were some oddball choices (for me) I was really looking forward to having in my Comixology library. Wolverine and Jubilee, for example. Young Avengers. The first Joss Whedon Astonishing X-Men and the Giant-Size Astonishing X-Men with Kitty Pryde riding the giant space bullet into apparent oblivion. Some updated Dracula story. FF, a new Fantastic Four book with a different cast and Mike Allred art. Not stuff I'd cover here where my focus is on comics from the last century, but things I wanted to read nevertheless.
Well, maybe they'll take the lessons learned from this event and do something similar in the future. I still think Comixology is a wonderful site, especially for a person living overseas where it's difficult and expensive to come by print issues of various comics. And, after all, free is my favorite price point.