Now see, that’s an interesting criticism. That wouldn’t be my problem with Snyder at all. Being verbose used to be a standard in comics. Reading older comics will tell you how much longer it takes to read them versus today. This isn’t a criticism of short reads by any means (I think they have more narrative impact in some ways). Bendis is particularly wordy, too. He’s known for being wordy.
My problem with Snyder is that while he acknowledges the past he kind of plays fast and loose with it. This current event comic is, as I’ve said before, textbook Snyder logic. Where someone like Johns or Morrison will take established history and build on it, Snyder uses it as a stepping stone, so that even when he’s using someone familiar (Joker), it feels like something else entirely. And he never quite knows how deep a story should go. He’s perennially gun-shy, except he builds to climactic moments anyway, without having really earned them. He’s all setup and climax, with very little in between.
Clearly his style worked extremely well with the New 52 generation, as Batman rose to the top of the sales charts quite handily and he and Capullo have obviously reached superstar status. It’s not for everyone. As we see with King’s Batman, when something’s that popular you’ll inevitably gain readers who won’t really get it, but want to go along for the ride anyway. Sustained popularity is mostly the ability to keep those fans from complaining too loudly, because they’re too busy trying to keep up with all the buzz. That’s what’s happened with King; even though it’s hard to find people who truly appreciate him, and the complaints about his style in Batman are legion, he keeps coming up with stories fans feel compelled to read anyway. Snyder had everyone onboard until he left Batman, and now there are the bandwagon fans who are just now finally getting to admit that they never got him.
…Not, hmm, to call you a bandwagon fan personally. But you get my point.