Monday, June 16, 2008
Ok, this question popped in my mind as I was reading Batman RIP --
Is it fair to review any story arc before it's over?
Say, you have a three-issue arc. Should you wait until you collect all three issue before making a judgment call?
I mean, I can't watch 25 minutes of a movie like Iron Man and then review it, can I? And then watch another section the next month and review that?
This is become more and more an issue for me with floppies, this reluctance to review them until I've either finished the mini-series or the arc.
A lot of these comics are written with an eye towards the eventual trade collection anyhow; decompressed storytelling chopped up in arbitrary 22-page sections.
So, what do you think?
Because, I want to be timely and all, but I have very little desire to review Batman RIP until it's over.
Or reviewing the new Eternals series: "well, from what little I read, it seems good!"
The rub comes in when you've got a monthly or a mini and it needs to be promoted somehow and get good initial sales. So the reviews come in handy for promotional purposes. But again -- how valid are these reviews when they are on incomplete stories?
I mean, Final Crisis might be great, read in a trade next year & isolated from the current hubbub. But if you give me issue one now and say: review. What can I say? Nice art? Grant Morrison books tend to suffer the most from breaking them up and reviewing them this way.
I guess all you can really say about these single issues is your first impressions and how you *feel* the series might go.