Over at iFanboy, Jim Mroczkowski wonders why he reads comics:
One recent example of my mental pretzel, as the time for making preorders draws near:
Rick Remender is great. I love Rick Remender on Venom.
Cullen Bunn is also great. The Sixth Gun is a delight.
Rick Remender leaves Venom. I say, “Do I need to keep reading Venom now? Meh? I’m suddenly acting like Remender gave birth to this character from my childhood. Cullen Bunn… I dunno….”
Rick Remender gets Avengers. I say, “I dunno… Rick Remender…?”
(See also: Hickman, Jonathan, uncontested talent and brilliance of.)
They hop from book I like to book I like, and suddenly I’m treating them like some chancy unknown quantity. Clearly, there’s more going on here than “I like writers.”
Poor Remender got it again from me on another book. “This just in: Brubaker is off of Captain America and Winter Soldier.” “This just in: so much for Captain America and Winter Soldier. Local man to reclaim $7.00 a month.” As if Rick Remender, John Romita, and/or Jason Latour have ever done a book I didn’t love. (Well, I suppose Latour might have. To be fair, I haven’t the first opinion about the man yet, other than “you’re not the Winter Soldier’s daddy, and you can’t tell him what to do [door slam]!”)
Isn’t the issue that, when a writer – and these days, it’s generally a writer, because writer/artist teams are things of the past in terms of long runs, with the occasional exception like Fraction/Larocca on Invincible Iron Man – leaves a character, there’s a feeling on the part of the reader of having reached some sense of closure with that character, at least for awhile? It’s not like it was in years gone by where creators would disappear mid-story; these days, there are entire character arcs that really do bring things to some sense of completion, and so not wanting to continue with a series past a certain writer’s leaving doesn’t necessarily mean you’re disinterested in the incoming writer, just that you’ve reached a good point to take a break from that character’s life for awhile. Or am I entirely imagining that mindset?