In the last few years, the art of comic book solicitation has morphed into more of a science, but there is nothing more infuriating than a solicitation that refuses to give you anything to order.  (That’s doubly frustrating for the retailers, who not only have to order, but promote and sell the books.)  Marvel is notorious for their “Classified” Previews solicits, while Valiant recently tried to split the difference by heavily redacting a preview issue featuring a high-profile character death.  Neither approach seems perfect, and both have caused negative feedback from fans and retailers, leading to today’s [REDACTED] query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) can see wanting to avoid spoilers, but there is also the option of just not releasing anything, asking: Do you enjoy when preview material is redacted to avoid spoilers or is it just a big, meaningless tease?

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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.

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