Gotham Central wrote:
Seriously...why can't we have a proper Titan comic?
Probably the same reason we don't have DS9 or VGR or ENT comics -- they wouldn't sell well enough to be profitable. Only TOS and TNG seem to have large enough comics-reading audiences these days to be worth the investment.
The more basic reason we don't have DS9
, and Enterprise
comics is that IDW hasn't licensed those series. (They did have a DS9
license, but it has reportedly lapsed without renewal.)
I suspect it's the lack of the Voyager
license that's a barrier to Titan
comics. There's a difference between "Can we use this character we don't have the license for as a cameo in this one-off story" and "Can we use this character we don't have the license for as a regular character in an ongoing series?"
After all, comics have gotten more expensive these days, so it's not as easy to attract casual readers.
But Star Trek
comics haven't, not in the time that IDW has held the license. They launched The Space Between
five years ago at $3.99, and Hive
#3 this week was also $3.99. Compared to what Star Trek
comics sold for ten or fifteen years ago they're more expensive, true, but that's true of Pocket's output as well. Today's Star Trek
comics (and novels, too) are priced in line with the rest of the market.
(Ironically, it's not true that five years ago Star Trek
comics were priced in line with the rest of the market. $3.99 was a high price for comics in 2007. Over five years, price creep from the Big Two has moved the average closer to where IDW prices their output. Today, $3.99 is a normal price when it wasn't then.)
That said, I agree with your final point, that four dollars an issue makes consumers choosier when it comes to their four-color reading material. Price is why I don't read as many Marvel titles as I should; Superior Spider-Man
will be on a shorter leash for me at $3.99 an issue than it would be at $2.99 an issue.