|Copyright REBELLION. Note that RAY's specs have no bridge or temples|
So much for The COR!! BUSTER Humour Special being on sale in WHS from the 17th - my local shop hadn't got their nine copies in when I checked yesterday (yes, I asked), so I had to wait until today to get my grubby mitts on the two issues I wanted. Was it worth the wait? I really hate reviewing comics, 'cos I'm always going to p*ss someone off if I don't give their work a glowing review, but someone has to give an honest opinion, as opposed to the fawning flattery that some bloggers are prone to.
And yet, despite those observations, it's good to see the comic in the shops and I wish it well. If it does take off, I hope the publishers decide to go back to the established, traditional look of the characters, rather than the updated visual appearance that most of them now sport. Overall, they've done a good job though, and should you decide you'd like one, my local WHS has seven copies left, and they're only £4.99 each (for 52 full-colour pages). Other branches are likely to have even more, but be sure to buy one before they get nicked.
Checked out WHS today (20th) and there are still the same seven copies lying untouched, which is a little disappointing. They're on the top shelf of a stand devoted to kids mags, but the top shelf is only around shoulder-high to me, so it's not as if they're invisible. I'll be keeping my eye on them to see if they sell.
Was in again yesterday (24th) and all seven copies yet remain. That means I'm the only person in my home town so far who's bought an issue (two issues actually). The cover has an off-sale date of June, so if it hasn't sold any more copies by then, things don't look good for future issues if my WHS is indicative of others across the UK. I moved three of them down to a lower shelf, so the mag now occupies two spots - let's hope that improves its chances of selling.
Five days later (29th) and not a single copy of the seven remaining issues has yet sold. Not looking good for the future at this rate.
Found out today (May 17th) that the guy who runs the magazine side of things in my local WHS had taken the remaining seven issues off the shelves and dumped them in the back of the shop, thereby depriving customers of the opportunity to buy a copy. Although I first noticed them missing on the 6th, chances are they were pulled a few days before this - remember, last time I saw them on sale was just after April 29th. Shocking that Rebellion pays for shelf space that it isn't actually getting. This is the same guy who sometimes doesn't put some PANINI mags out, saying that he keeps them in the back because they get stolen. No chance of them selling when they're not even put out on display, is there? Words fail me.
May 20th and there's only five copies left, so hopefully the absent two have been sold and not nicked. Or is the guy in charge of the magazine section, having been told off by the manageress for taking them off sale, sneaking them off the shelves and hiding them in the back of the shop (until they get sent back in June) as an act of revenge? Let's hope not.
On May 28th there were only three copies left, which was the same situation on June 1st. At least that's two thirds of them sold, which wouldn't have been the case had I not intervened. Let's hope the remaining three sell before June the 12th, when they're due to be taken off-sale.