Dave Galanter
December 1st 1969 - December 12th 2020
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Post By
Mikel Midnight

In Reply To
Ed Love

Subj: Re: Gone after 1 issue. Don't let the door hit u on the way out
Posted: Mon Jan 08, 2007 at 12:41:35 pm EST
Reply Subj: Re: Gone after 1 issue. Don't let the door hit u on the way out
Posted: Sun Jan 07, 2007 at 09:39:29 am EST

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> > So you give a new TV series 1 episode?
> >
> Actually I do that all the time. With TV shows coming and going so often, a single episode is about the status quo.
> > DO u leave after the first 10 minutes of a movie?
> >
> If that first part of the movie lasted 10 minutes and I had to wait at least 30 days for the next ten minute segment and so on and so forth it's quite possible.
> I don't advocate giving up a series after a single issue, but one of the downsides to the modern decompressed storyline is the notion that readers will get bored more quickly.
> As for the new JSofA series, I'm on board for the duration right now. It seems to have plenty of mystery to keep me coming back.
I'll go as far as to say there are comics that don't even get the one issue. Some based on reviews, writer, art, characters and such that I'll peruse at the store and decide whether it's worth adding to the haul. And there are far more that I don't even look at.

So, I have little patience with the argument that you need to keep plopping down dollars month after month and wait until the story ends before making a value judgment(which nowadays could be 6 issues, could be 12 and if you're lucky that may translate into how much time involved as well, but with comics being late by the 2nd issue...). There are many valid reasons why you can decide not to continue after the first issue, the same criteria why another reader does decide to return: the writing style, the art, the book's sensibilities, the characters and a host of reasons that may have little to do with the actual quality of the book. Heck, I think BIRDS OF PREY is one of the best books out there with one of the best writers in the biz. But I dropped it for the next several months as we're dealing with a few more senseless "legacy" characters as well as the Manhunter character whom I've come to loathe. I've read enough Warren Ellis and have seen enough of Deodato's overdone artwork to know that I have no interest in giving their THUNDERBOLTS a shot. And life is too short and my spare change too precious for me to buy anything with Kollins or Liefeld's art even if Shakespeare has returned from the grave to write a new story for them.

So, a writer and artist should consider themselves lucky if I even give them just the one issue.

Not only did I find the first issue dreary and a lot of the characterisation pointless, not a single one of the 'coming next year' panels was something I actually wanted to read about, so it's time to bail early.

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