Look! A thread to discuss comics! A rare site indeed.
So anyway, comics follow a monthly release model, issue after issue, year after year. It’s a model driven by the news stand mentality essentially. Gotta have the latest issue every 4 weeks. I’m wondering if that model doesn’t work any more.
If you look at what Millar has done, he creates books - 4-8 issues long and then he takes a break. It’s a classic book by book model that most publishing follows. Mark unfortunately has so many franchises that most don’t see sequels, but with some like Kick Ass and Jupiters we have a range of books based on the franchise, released in chunks over several years. It makes the books easier to follow, trades easier to navigate, allows for natural jumping on points, and it feels like something that works better for modern audiences.
Would it be wise for Marvel and DC to embrace the same thing. For example, we get a 10 issue arc about Spiderman. Then they take a break for a few months and release the next 10 issue arc - which could be a sequel, or could be an entirely different story.
Are the comics publisher getting it wrong with the ongoing model? Does it not work in the modern age, or do you think it’s still the best model?