The little stack of comic books I brought home from the shop yesterday contained Justice League: Cry For Justice #1, the first six pages of which I had previously encountered as a preview in the back of some DC comics a few weeks back.
The Batwoman story from Detective Comics and the first issues of Power Girl and The Last Days of Animal Man were similarly excerpted as previews in the backs of DC comics this year.
Another new book I purchased this week was Marvel’s USA Comics 70th Anniversary Special #1, which ended with a five-page preview of The Marvels Project #1, a miniseries that will launch in August.
So here’s my question. Well, questions. Do you guys like seeing these sorts of previews in the backs of your books? Do you read them? Ignore them? Skim ‘em? Have they ever convinced you to buy a book you weren’t already planning on buying? Have they ever convinced you not to buy a book you might have seen unseen?
I’m just curious because I’m so ambivalent about them.
If they’re of books I was already planning on trying the first issue of anyway—Power Girl, the Batwoman arc—I don’t read them, as reading a third or so of a book in advance kind of kills the experience of reading the whole thing a few weeks later.
I haven’t yet encountered one that dealt with a book I have zero interest in, but I imagine if I did, I wouldn’t read it anyway, because who reads things in which they have zero interest?
In fact, the only ones I’ve read so far have been the one for The Marvels Project, which I’ll probably eventually check out in trade some day, because it will be so long before I read the story I’m sure I’ll forget ever having read it, and the Cry For Justice one, because I wasn’t sure if it was a book I’d want to follow or not (and in that case, the preview went a long way toward talking me out of it, but I went ahead and bought it because, well, because Congorilla).
Anyway, I was basically just wondering if it was just me. What do you guys think of encountering these in the backs of your comics, instead of just seeing them online if you care to look for and look at them?