This is the crux of it. Ellis doesn't read comics anymore. Most of his comic output is done as this six-issues is a short novel kind of deal. Even his done-in-oners link back at the end (like Moon Knight, which I loved). I guess Trees is the exception, but that's even more novelistic? I don't particularly mind either. I've loved his recent output (apart from Supreme Blue Rose), but it bothers some people and informs their decision to wait for the trade.
As long as each chapter of a series feels significant, then I'll follow it monthly and this has done that. Though it's not a big bang of a first issue, it seems to start the ball rolling in some interesting directions.