Since this announcement, my fastmail inbox has been swamped with e-mails from various friends asking me for my opinion on Marvel's site.
I wanted to get an article out as quickly as possible, but as it turned out, the launch date of the site corresponded with my wife's Fencing Practice night, so I was in charge of watching our 2 year old daughter all night. (Which was actually a lot of fun, because we went and saw the Bee Movie, which we both enjoyed.)
ASIDE: The Bee Movie is quite awesome. Do yourself a big favor and go see it. :)
The launch of the site was preceded by a rather awkward bit of internet journalism as Newsarama broke the news from a Canadian news agency, only to have to retract it and post an update.
Regardless, the post on the news from Newsarama quickly blew up into a huge thread with most posters all wondering why Marvel wasn't going to let you download the comics. Site unseen, the Flash interface for reading these new comics was getting condemned, and to be honest, I must admit, I was one of the guys throwing stones at the press release.
As the week progresses, if other Flashback creators comment (see image <-- ) on the site, I'll be sure to post either their comments or links to their blogs here. :)
So, with all that aside, let us dissect this puppy...
Things that made WoodGod Happy...
Yeah, I'm gonna start with the good things about this new site, because I actually think there are quite a number of them. However there is also some *room for improvement* and *areas of opportunity* for the whole site, so bear with me.
Things that made WoodGod go WTF..
Got this message while exploring the site and it pretty much killed the whole experience for me, as I was unable to access the site from then on.
Sigh...is it just me, or do you only ever see this message when sites are using MySql? Seriously - can anyone send me a similar message from a Microsoft SQL Server?
I'm sure in the right environment, MySQL has it's uses...
...it's just not for me.
Still, I think it really says something about the validity of such an idea (Digital Comics) that for the first two days the site has been running, the server's been too busy to accomodate all the requests to the site.
On the flipside, people don't like paying a monthly fee for a site they can't access!
Not to mention the CRUCIAL loss of good first impressions Marvel needed to make with this launch.
Things that made WoodGod Mad...
1) No downloadable comics - Wow, did you see that one coming? Seriously, has anyone at Marvel Corporate looked at the history of such sites as Spinner.com. People, especially us greedy Americans, really like to KEEP what we buy, and not being able to download and store your comics from the Marvel site seems like a huge oversite.
As long as the keep posting things like this:
...I'll probably keep checking out the site, but I'll be wishing I could download the comics everytime. :D