| > Like you, as a young reader I was all about characters. When I was just getting to know characters, and how titles were related to each other, it was primarily the art that caught my eye and got me to buy a book.|
I used to love to stand there by the spinner rack and just stare at all the gorgeous covers!
| > These days, it's writer first and character second. A good artist is a bonus. I'd buy anything (616 Marvel, that is. I barely have enough cash and time to keep up with one universe) by Busiek, Priest or Nicieza (there are others that aren't springing to mind). There are characters whom I will follow, as long as they aren't by Austen or Bendis (any Slingers, Hawkeye, some others). |
And I think this is precisely why message board people like you and me are different from the bulk of fandom. We're super-sensitive to the writing. Think about it. Wolverine + Jim Lee. Add the worst writer you can think of. Absolute worst writer. Won't the comic be top ten? Sure, we on the message board will blast the comic as putrid. Yet it will be top ten and Marvel will snicker at our negativity. There has to be a reason we message board folk are so out of touch with the bulk of fandom. I think I may have put my finger on the reason.
| > The only time the art has swayed me one way or the other was New Invaders (I just couldn't pay money to look at it. I just couldn't.).|
Yes. That experiment was unfortunate.