Hey guys, (I actually started this topic somewhere else but I want to know what everyone else thinks) I'm starting this thread for one main reason. I'm fed up with the declining quality of Marvel comics. Personally, I am a big fan of the X-Men titles and have been for the past 14 years. Unfortunately, over the past four years Marvel has decided to severely reduce the quality of its comics. Primarily, I'm talking about the words and discussions that take place in the issues. Have any of you guys picked up on the fact that it only takes a few minutes to read a single issue? It used to be that it took 10 or more minutes for me but now it's more like 3 because the "word count" has significantly dropped. I counted the "word bubbles" and boxes describing what was happening and came up with the following results. In a random older issue there were 287 bubbles and boxes in total. A random current issue only had 145. Is this something that we should tolerate especially considering the price has just gone up 50 cents again?!?! That, plus the increase from last August makes a total of $0.74. Compare that to the previous 14+ years when it only was raised by $1.00. Please respond. I believe this is an important matter for all of us. Thank you. PS And get this last bit of news. It was announced ~2 weeks ago that Marvel will now be advertising for companies in the stories themselves (and not just those Nike logos). You will soon see specific trucks and products that were never there before. It probably wouldnt be so bad if not for the fact that those ads are supposed to help fray the cost of production. So whats up with this price increase? Please, think about what this truly means for the comics that we enjoy.