We may never get an official confirmation that Marvel has dropped their regular superhero books to 20 pages, but unofficial confirmation comes via Matt Fraction, who has given two interviews promoting next month’s Defenders book in the last week where he talks about the publisher dropping its page count, with quotes like this:
And industry-wide, everyone’s going down two pages. I learned to write comics in 16 pages, so 22 pages always felt pornographic. Going down to 20 is much more comfortable [for me], but it’s changing everything in a real way. And there are people that realize it, and people who don’t — who say, “it’s just two pages.” That’s 10% of a book. By the time you get to the end of six issues, that’s a whole other issue you’ve lost. I think you’re going to see people rising and falling on this. It’s a very different world, a different format, a different time signature.
The question is, with pagecounts officially falling, I wonder if we’ll see more Marvel books at a $2.99 price point as a consequence?