Guys, when did you get to the point where you need this much hand-holding to enjoy your comics? It’s baffling to me–maybe because when I was a reader, this kind of thing came up all the time, and nobody thought anything of it. We either figured it out for ourselves, or waited and the answers revealed themselves. But it seems like now many of you guys are hovering on the balls of your feet looking for there to be something that’s not immediately spelled out so that you can kvetch about it. None of this is really that hard, at least from my point of view, and most often the answer comes down to “Wait for the next issue!” or “Don’t judge based on the four pages that are previewed on line, wait for the whole thing!” Is part of the enjoyment for some of you folks complaining about this stuff?
Tom Brevoort figures out the schimpfenfreude* of the Internet, it seems.
It’s an interesting question, though; are today’s readers complaining more about gaps in storytelling that would, in the past, have been filled in or glossed over by the reader? I’m uncertain as to whether or not that’s the case; there are certainly series that have had problems with narrative structure and/or explaining away things that haven’t just been solved by waiting to read the whole story, but in the case of complaining about the previews for Avengers vs. X-Men #7, there is a sense of “You’ve read three pages. Wait and see the whole book already,” definitely.
Part of me wonders whether the complaints are brought on by the nature of the Internet itself; that releasing the preview pages invites comment in a “nature abhors a vacuum” sense – not to mention the “First!” phenomenon where, whether the media or online commenters rush to have the earliest reaction to something regardless of whether or not there’s actually anything to say – and so there’s little point complaining about reaction to incomplete material when you’re the ones releasing said incomplete material in the first place and thereby inviting those comments.
Then again, my only complaint about the preview is that the X-Men seem to be acting like generic bad guys all of a sudden, so what do I know?
(* Warning: Contains made-up German words)