Final Secret Crisis Invasion - But at What Cost?

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Secret Invasion #8
Secret Invasion #8
Secret Invasion #8

Remember: These examinations imply no editorial judgment; they are merely a look at the totals as a service to the readership. And, of course, whether you buy all of the tie-ins is up to you and your individual proclivities, and as always, comes with the message from the publisher that you don't need all the tie-in issues to enjoy the story, though individual readers’ mileage on that statement may vary, of course.

Well, all the solicitations have been released, we saw some new contender pop in, and we have what looks to be a final count for the two big event books this year from Marvel and DC. Just like in our original piece, Marvel goes first, for no particular reason.

Our original piece in May included the following statement, which I’m leaving here for explanation’s sake. In addition to this, we’ll reprint the original tally for Secret Invasion and all its friends, then give an update from September on.

“The official checklist from Marvel is daunting on its own, and doesn’t even really tell the whole story. There have been several books not marked with the “Infiltration” or “Invasion” banners, but that contain important events or clues to the big picture. For simplicity’s sake, we’ll break it down month to month, building off last time, with both official tie-ins and books that have an obvious affect on the overall Secret Invasion storyline, starting with November, the first month that the “Infiltration” banner appeared. Un-official tie-ins are marked with a * for clarity.

The “Price So Far” will include both official and unofficial books, and shows just how you’re spending your money. All information comes from the official checklist, solicitations, and, well, reading the books!”

November 2007

New Avengers: Illuminati #5 $2.99

*New Avengers #36 $2.99

*Captain Marvel #1 $2.99

November Subtotal: $2.99 / *$8.97

December 2007

Avengers: The Initiative Annual 1 $3.99

*Captain Marvel #2 $2.99

*New Avengers #37 $2.99

December Subtotal: $3.99 / *9.97

January

Mighty Avengers #7 $2.99

*Captain Marvel #3 $2.99

New Avengers Annual #2 $3.99

January Subtotal: $6.98 / *$8.97

February

*Captain Marvel #4 $2.99

*Ms. Marvel #24 $2.99

*Mighty Avengers #9 $2.99

*New Avengers #38 $2.99

*Young Avengers Presents #2: Hulking $2.99

February Subtotal: $0.00 / *$14.95

March

Secret Invasion Saga FREE!

*Captain Marvel #5 $2.99

*Mighty Avengers #11 $2.99

*New Avengers #39 $2.99

*Ms. Marvel #25 $2.99

March Subtotal: $0.00 / *$11.96

April

Secret Invasion #1 $3.99

Mighty Avengers #12 $2.99

New Avengers #40 $2.99

*Avengers: The Initiative #12 $2.99

*Ms. Marvel #26 $2.99

April Subtotal: $9.97 / *$15.95

May

Secret Invasion #2 $3.99

Captain Britain and MI:13 #1 $2.99

Incredible Hercules #117 $2.99

Mighty Avengers #13 $2.99

Mighty Avengers #14 $2.99

New Avengers #41 $2.99

Secret Invasion: Fantastic Four #1 $2.99

*Ms. Marvel #27 $2.99

May Subtotal: $21.93 / *$24.92

June

Secret Invasion #3 $3.99

Avengers: The Initiative #14 $2.99

Captain Britain and MI:13 #2 $2.99

Incredible Hercules #118 $2.99

Mighty Avengers #15 $2.99

Ms. Marvel #28 $2.99

New Avengers #42 $2.99

Secret Invasion: Fantastic Four #2 $2.99

Secret Invasion: Runaways/YA #1 $2.99

Secret Invasion: Who Do You Trust? $3.99

June Subtotal: $31.90

July

Secret Invasion #4 $3.99

Avengers: The Initiative #15 $2.99

Black Panther #39 $2.99

Captain Britain and MI:13 #3 $2.99

Incredible Hercules #119 $2.99

Ms. Marvel #29 $2.99

Mighty Avengers #16 $2.99

New Avengers #43 $2.99

New Warriors #14 $2.99

Secret Invasion: Frontline #1 $2.99

Secret Invasion: Fantastic Four #3 $2.99

Secret Invasion: Runaways/YA #2 $2.99

She-Hulk #31 $2.99

Thunderbolts #122 $2.99

X-Factor #33 $2.99

*Skrulls! $4.99

July Subtotal: $45.85 / *$50.84 (nearly November-March combined)

August

Secret Invasion #5 $3.99

Avengers: The Initiative #16 $2.99

Black Panther #40 $2.99

Captain Britain and MI:13 #4 $2.99

Incredible Hercules #120 $2.99

Ms. Marvel #30 $2.99

Mighty Avengers #17 $2.99

New Avengers #44 $2.99

New Warriors #15 $2.99

Secret Invasion: Inhumans #1 $2.99

Secret Invasion: Thor #1 $2.99

Secret Invasion: X-Men #1 $2.99

Secret Invasion: Spider-man Brand New Day #1 $2.99

Secret Invasion: Frontline #2 $2.99

Secret Invasion: Runaways/YA #3 $2.99

Guardians of the Galaxy #4 $2.99

Nova #16 $2.99

She-Hulk #32 $2.99

Thunderbolts #123 $2.99

X-Factor #34 $2.99

August Subtotal: $60.80

And that was the original piece. Now, here are the updates for these last several months, which we didn’t have solicitations for yet. Changes/additions are bolded for convenience:

September

Secret Invasion #6 $3.99

Avengers: The Initiative #17 $2.99

Black Panther #41 $2.99

Mighty Avengers #18 $2.99

New Avengers #45 $2.99

Secret Invasion: Inhumans #2 $2.99

Secret Invasion: Thor #2 $2.99

Secret Invasion: X-Men #2 $2.99

Secret Invasion: Spider-man Brand New Day #2 $2.99

Secret Invasion: Frontline #3 $2.99

Guardians of the Galaxy #5 $2.99

Nova #17 $2.99

Thunderbolts #124 $2.99

Deadpool #1 $3.99

Deadpool #2 $2.99

She-Hulk #33 $2.99

Iron Man: Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. #33 $2.99

September Subtotal: $52.83

October

Secret Invasion #7 $3.99

Avengers: The Initiative #18 $2.99

Mighty Avengers #19 $2.99

New Avengers #46 $2.99

Secret Invasion: Inhumans #3 $2.99

Secret Invasion: Thor #3 $2.99

Secret Invasion: X-Men #3 $2.99

Secret Invasion: Spider-man Brand New Day #3 $2.99

Secret Invasion: Frontline #4 $2.99

Guardians of the Galaxy #6 $2.99

Thunderbolts #125 $2.99

Deadpool #3 $2.99

Nova #18 $2.99

Iron Man: Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. #34 $2.99

Punisher War Journal #24 $2.99

October Subtotal: $39.87

November (Several omissions due to the delay of SI #8)

New Avengers #47 $2.99

Avengers: The Initiative #19 $2.99

Secret Invasion: Inhumans #4 $2.99

Secret Invasion: X-Men #4 $2.99

War Machine: Weapon of S.H.I.E.L.D. #35 $2.99

Punisher War Journal #25 $2.99

November Subtotal: $17.94

December (All new, including delayed books)

Secret Invasion #8 $3.99

Secret Invasion: Frontline #5 $2.99

Mighty Avengers #20 $2.99

Secret Invasion: Dark Reign $2.99

Secret Invasion: Requiem (not final title)$3.99

aaaand, Dark Reign begins, officially solicited as the aftermath of SI, and grouped with those titles in solicitations. We’ll make these “unofficial” nonetheless

*Invincible Iron Man #8 $2.99

*New Avengers #48 $2.99

*Ms. Marvel #34 $2.99

*War Machine #1 $2.99

December Subtotal: $16.95 / *$28.91

The grand total, the kit and caboodle, the whole shebang, the big bowl of chicken? Well, the completists out there might want to sit down.

$378.78 gets you every issue, official and unofficial tie-ins for the 100% complete story. $316.98 was our estimate in May, so another 62 dollars, or around 20 tie-ins have been added since then. This includes extra issues of Avengers; Mighty, New, and Initiative, along with second-tier books thrown in and a couple of wrap-up tie-ins. All in all, quite the epic, to be sure, including 125 issues in a hair over a year for a monthly average of $29.14.

JG Jones - Going Inside Final Crisis
JG Jones - Going Inside Final Crisis
Final Crisis #4

FINAL CRISIS COST UPDATE

When we first ran this piece back in May, we said: “At this point, the complete tally for Final Crisis may not yet be known. We’re going to approach the initial list with titles that are designated as official tie-ins. With the exception of this week’s Justice League of America, which is a clear tie-in, we will not be including books from DC’s “Sightings” program until we can later establish their degree of involvement, as “Sightings” books refer not just to Final Crisis storylines, but to major DCU storylines.”

Here’s a look back at the original tally.

April 2008

DC Universe #0 50-cents

April Subtotal: 50 cents

May 2008

Justice League of America #21 $2.99

Final Crisis #1 (of 7) $3.99

Final Crisis: Sketchbook $2.99

May Subtotal: $9.88

June 2008

Final Crisis #2 (of 7) $3.99

June Subtotal: $3.99

July 2008

Final Crisis #3 (of 7) $3.99

Final Crisis: Requiem (One-Shot) $3.99

Final Crisis: Rogue's Revenge #1 (of 3) $3.99

July Subtotal: $11.97

August 2008

DC Universe: Last Will and Testament (One-Shot) $3.99

Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds #1 (of 5) $3.99

Final Crisis: Revelation #1 (of 5) $3.99

Final Crisis: Rogue's Revenge #2 (of 3) $3.99

Final Crisis: Superman Beyond #1 $4.50

August Subtotal: $20.46

September 2008

Final Crisis #4 (of 7) $3.99

Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds #2 (of 5) $3.99

Final Crisis: Revelation #2 (of 5) $3.99

Final Crisis: Rogue's Revenge #3 (of 3) $3.99

Final Crisis: Submit (One-Shot) $3.99

September Subtotal: $19.95

October 2008

Final Crisis #5 (of 7) $3.99

Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds #3 (of 5) $3.99

Final Crisis: Resist (One-Shot) $3.99

Final Crisis: Revelation #3 (of 5) $3.99

October Subtotal: $15.96

November 2008

Final Crisis #6 (of 7) $3.99

Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds #4 (of 5) $3.99

Final Crisis: Rage of the Red Lanterns (One-Shot) $3.99

Final Crisis: Revelation #4 (of 5) $3.99

November Subtotal: $15.96

December 2008

Final Crisis #7 (of 7) $3.99

Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds #5 (of 5) $3.99

Final Crisis: Revelation #5 (of 5) $3.99

Grant Morrison has also said that a two-part story following the "Batman R.I.P." storyline will also "fit in" with Final Crisis.

December Subtotal: $11.97

The Price So Far: $115.14

NOVEMBER 2008 UPDATE

Now, we have to take into account that there have been some moves on the schedule. As of this writing, the adjusted schedule for November, December, and January should be, according our projections and/or solicitation dates:

November 2008 updated

Final Crisis #5

December 2008 updated

Final Crisis: Secret Files #1

Final Crisis #6

Final Crisis: Revelation #4 (of 5) $3.99

Final Crisis: Revelation #5 (of 5) $3.99

Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds #3 (of 5) $3.99

Batman #682 $3.99

Batman #683 $3.99

January 2009 updated

Final Crisis: Superman Beyond #2

Final Crisis #7

Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds #4 (of 5) $3.99

February 2009 updated

Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds #5 (of 5) $3.99

We also know that the Legion schedule has been adjusted. Taking those moves into account, your cost thru the end of November should be, pre-adjustment, roughly, $91.20 (that’s the total, minus FC #6 and Legion #3 and #4). Likewise, Revelations #4 and #5 have been moved to December 10 and December 31, respectively; they are each also $3.99 books, taking the thru-November cost down to $87.21.

Throughout the event, it seems that only one additional one-shot appeared on the list, Final Crisis: Secret Files. There is also an argument to be made for the three issues of Green Lantern that follow the Rage of the Red Lanterns one-shot; those issues would be #36, #37, and #38, scheduled for December 10, December 31, and January 28, respectively. Those are three $2.99 issues, and would add $8.97 to any total.

Therefore, by February’s end, should you add the Secret Files and three GL issues, your tentative cost for all of Final Crisis (34 total issues) should be $129.10. If we consider the two additional promised parts of Batman: R.I.P. that Morrison discussed (and we should), December issues #682 and 683, then we’ll up that to $135.08. Plus tax.

One last note: there was some discussion in our first piece whether or not the whole of Countdown should, well, count toward the total. We decided that it would not, partially based on the statements of Grant Morrison that it was a separate story. If you decide to count the 51 issues of Countdown, though we haven’t, you’d add $152.49 to your bottom line.

We also allowed that perhaps the whole of the Death of the New Gods mini-series might be considered crucial because of the way in which the said deaths play a vital role in Final Crisis. That storyline is now in a collected hardback for $29.99.

So, our Final Line: $135.08, $165.07 with Death of the New Gods, and $317.56 if you count both Death and Countdown (though that spreads your cost out over the time period spanning May 2007 to January 2009, giving you an overall per month average of $15.12).

Happy spending.

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