Beginning in January, Marvel is going to be including the digital codes with all of their Ultimate comics. Now, its not the digital code part that bothers me (well, it does, but that is a whole other subject). What bothers me is that now every copy of every Ultimate book is going to be bagged. Meaning that no one can flip through it on the rack. Does this bother you? Or do you see enough preview material online that you don’t need to flip through the book on the shelf.
My concern is that we are suddenly up to 5 Marvel titles that will be shipped bagged. How long before all of them come bagged? Having a good percentage of my books in ugly clear polybags isn’t all that inviting to me.
Most of the time, I let the current retailer drama go (teeth gnashing over digital or the relaunch and all), but I see this as potentially being a problem for me just on an aesthetic and saleability point. I figured I’d ask you all first if it really matters or not. Please let me know your take on it either way.