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Ohotmu the all-knowing

In Reply To
Sweep Secondhand

Subj: I'm right there with ya, Sweep, but...
Posted: Tue Jul 01, 2008 at 11:47:53 pm CDT
Reply Subj: A General JSA / Comic Buying Question
Posted: Tue Jul 01, 2008 at 08:15:21 am CDT

> Justice Society is my number one favorite comic and the last one to go if I had to start cutting back on my pull. One thing that irritates me about this comic and DC comics in general is the length of time it takes to tell a story (span of issues) and the completely superfluous filler material we get in between. I grew up reading comics in the 70's when a lot of really good stories were told in 1-2 issues and they moved at an action packed pace. I specifically buy less comic books and avoid new titles because I don't want to waste 10-20 issues getting through 3-4 story arcs if I am lucky only to find out the title is lame. If DC went back to the average story being 1-2 issues I would actually buy more titles and be much more likely to try out new ones. Does anyone else feel the same way? I am just curious if DC might be losing some revenue on this.
> - Sweep

...I think that we're out of luck if we're hoping for a return to the days of when stories are fast-paced, consistently entertaining, and packaged in stories that are resolved in under 3 issues.

Until there's a significant change in the way comics are bought-and-sold (and I have no idea what that change would be), we're going to be forced to deal with 5-or-more-issue storyarcs. They're packaged that way because the comic companies can double-dip on the efforts of their creative talent by getting some readers' $$$ thru their buying of the individual comics and others' $$$ thru their purchase of the TPB's later.

Plus, efforts to sell comics that tell stories that aren't published in this "decompressed" manner don't seem to gain a foothold. Haven't both JLA-Classified and JSA-Classified both been cancelled? Ditto with some of Marvel's "Marvel Adventures" titles.

Perhaps it's a problem with the creative talent, and perhaps it's a problem with the medium. Regardless, the end result appears to be a general lack of support for this format.