I recently picked up Marvel’s Thor: The Mighty Avenger volume one and two.  I hadn’t realized trade paperbacks had been published of this wonderful material from Roger Langridge and Chris Samnee but discovered them through an Amazon search and quickly acquired both at my local comic shop.

It was at that moment, holding them in my hands, that my righteous hand of comicdom did long to smite Marvel’s team of collected editions.  Why on earth would standard size comic books be collected in a small 6×9″ softcover format for $15, the price Marvel uses for regular sized trade paperbacks?

The series has been canceled so we’re only every going to get these eight issues and Marvel will most likely never collected this material in a different format so for their one and only edition a small, shrunken version is offered.

And as I turned the book over it hit me: an “A” or all ages rating was applied to this work.  Therefore Marvel decided this material is suitable for children and therefore should be made small for their tiny hands.  If we continue this logic DC makes Absolute editions for giants and those of us over 6′ 6″ whose massive hands can easily handle the book.  Oh wait, that makes no sense.

I know the format is gaining traction as it mimics that of a hardcover book and has been made popular with IDW’s Parker series.  Dark Horse is all over the map in sizing and the Usagi Yojimbo series has always been collected in this size even though the pamphlet/monthly/floppy comic book is standard sized.

Two things irk me here: shrinking comic art and minimizing the graphic portion of graphic novel.  Of course I don’t like to pay the same price for smaller pages either.