Alright Marvel Unlimited subscribers – time to hash one out: I’m noticing more and more series missing multiple issues in the middle of a run.
In general, I haven’t had a lot of sympathy for noobs complaining about the Marvel Unlimited selection.
I have zero problems with the “6 month delay” for new comics (although I would like to see Marvel stick to that schedule). I don’t really have a problem with Marvel’s selection, either. I tend to find that most comics I want to read are included in their entirety.
But that vast, 13,000-plus comic book selection starts to feel a lot less satisfying when individual issues are randomly not included in the middle of a series.
The above screenshot captures all 12 issues in Brian Michael Bendis’s and Alex Maleev’s all-too-brief Moon Knight (a borderline Age of Ultron prequel; who knew!).
As you can see, the patented Marvel Unlimited “Read Now” graphic is mysteriously absent from issue number five. And only issue number five.
It’s one thing for Marvel to not offer Garth Ennis’s run on Punisher at all. Ok – I’ll read something else, maybe Moon Knight, and hope they add it later.
But catching a missing issue in the middle of a series? It’s completely inexplicable! Marvel has clearly dedicated the resources to include Moon Knight to digital Unlimited subscribers. Where’s the fifth issue?!
Was I able to go on reading the series? Of course. It was hardly the end of the world, and in a damning testament to the per-issue value of Moon Knight, I’m not sure I even missed anything important.
Nonetheless, this is a frustrating experience. Imagine starting LOST on Netflix only to find episode 14 is missing from each season. People would freak out! This is sequential story-telling; you can’t just rip a chapter out of the book and act like you have everything you need.
This is far from the only instance, too.
As a reader pointed out on my Best of Marvel Unlimited post, the Inhumans series is currently missing two issues: #3 and #5.
So apparently Marvel Unlimited is having some serious issues with older series as well.
And now I see it with AvX: Consequences too.
I won’t pretend to know more than I do about why this is happening, but it is becoming increasingly annoying for a long-time, avid fan of the service.
The last three digital reading experiences I’ve had have been cut short, or muddled by missing issues. I’ll keep on reading (I think this is what they refer to as dependency) with the hope that these are fluky instances of missing issues. If this is the new normal, though?
Let’s just say my years with the service aren’t Unlimited.
What do you think? Is this an overreaction, or are you having the same issues (or lack thereof)? Do what feels right to you in the comments.