It’s always interesting when comic fans start to discuss what makes a good or bad product. While there is rarely actual agreement, there’s a lot of interesting discussion about various storytelling tricks. One recent topic has been storyline decompression.
The Absorbascon’s Scipio declares war on decompression.
Decompression, by the way, makes comic book myth very opaque to new readers; too little information is conveyed about who’s who and what’s what. Decompression is only possible if you rely on the reader to know a lot of information you aren’t willing to stop to explain (What is that purple starfish? Who are Felix Faust, Prof. Ivo, and T.O. Morrow? Who the heck is Trident? Geez, I don’t even know who Trident is). Decompression is the enemy of comic books because it’s the enemy of new readers.
Blogger Mallet explains his support of decompressed stories.
Out of all that a few titles stuck out, most prominently Daredevil, the poster child of decompression. I guess the whole reason was that I had to drive over a hour and a half to get to my LCS, and I wanted a reason to go. I wanted serialized content that actually carried to the next issue.
I want Soap Opera Comics.
Is decompression a good thing or not? What do you think?