I agree with the Count. One thread sounds good in theory but it could get cumbersome after a while. I see the point of not having 20 posters start 20 threads but this forum has been fine for years without a "one thread for one issue" rule. Alvaro's by no means gets CBR traffic and I don't think multiple threads are necessarily a bad thing. The CBR comparison, IMO, doesn't really hold up anyway because I can go to their forum and find thoughts on the debut issue on several threads and locations. It's actually harder there to find consolidated thoughts on the book than it is here.
What constitutes a "side topic"? What if someone wanted to start a thread specifically about the Doom backup story in the latest issue? Since that is part of the issue would it be merged with the original review thread? I think that would be more work for the moderators.
I'll certainly abide by whatever rules are stated. I think that, at least in regards to the return issue, a story that has FF fans excited and eager to post thoughts, multiple threads would be expected.
As you point out this isn't CBR, and the forum structure is completely different as is the participation levels. One of the great things about this forum was the freedom for individuals to post their own threads that contained their ideas and observations. Taking away that freedom specifically for new issues of the FF after a long hiatus - and imposing a time restriction too - just doesn't appeal to me. I may be in the minority here, and that's OK.
So I think I will no longer participate in the review threads, as I really don't like that structure being imposed on such a small forum. However, I do want to say thanks for reminding me about the CBR forum. I took a quick look and it looks like some interesting and diverse conversation going on over there these days.