Alanis’ Head Just Exploded

OK, so before we even think about the actual contents of Age of Ultron #10, let’s talk about what’s important, shall we? Yep, the bag.

Comics have always had this bizzarre love affair with polybags. Be it to preserve “collectibility” or in the case of Age of Ultron #10, prevent spoilers. The only problem is that unlike the comics industry, most of us live in 2013 where a bag on a book isn’t going to stop people from ripping it off, scanning it (or taking pictures of it) and leaking it online. Provided of course that the publisher of said book hasn’t spoiled it themselves months beforehand.


So, I thought about it long a hard. What could the possible purpose of this bag be? Marvel told us about the end, there isn’t any kind of collectibility to this stuff anymore, hell, there isn’t even a trading card!

Then, it hit me.

Age of Ultron started off with a classic gimmick cover, a metallic die-cut job. So, they just wanted to round out the series with the OTHER most over-used gimmick in comics, the polybag.

Smooth, Marvel. Well played.

Today’s page arrives Sans-Gimmick thanks to Richard Clark:

Born in a crossfire hurricane (actually Cleveland, OH), Richard P. Clark’s illustration career began in 1993 while still an undergraduate at The Columbus College of Art and Design. Since then, he’s worked for a wildly varied list of clients in several industries-among them HBO, Playboy, The Wall Street Journal and Alcoholics Anonymous. He’s been finding work again in the Comic Industry, including a recent job for Dark Horse providing finishes over Darick Robertson’s breakdowns for The Guild-Vork comic. He’s hoping this recent turn into the comic lane sticks as there are literally scores of stories he’d like to unleash on the world. Mr. Clark currently resides in Upstate NY after a 10-year tour of duty in Brooklyn with his wife, daughter and a goofy dog named Barnaby.

Have a great weekend, folks! See you back here Monday!



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