Duo Maxwell wrote:I guess the better question to ask is would you rather have one good book with mini-series every know and them complementing it, or a potentially watered down story trying to fill material for twice (or more) the current page count?
But that's a question skewed in favour of the answer you prefer. I could just as well ask: would you rather have one poor book, or one poor book and one good one?
You conveniently left out the second
part of that quote, to skewer things in favour of what you, yourself, may prefer:
Sometimes less is more. I prefer quality over quantity but I won't say no to an increased quantity (within reasonable limits) if the quality can be maintained.
I've been buying Transformers comics, all of the singles and
the trades, through the good and
bad ever since the beginning of the Dreamwave run so I think I have at least some
idea of what I'm talking about. I have certainly put my money where my mouth is.
Please, all I ask before receiving such comments is for people to actually read
what I said. I clearly stated that I didn't think more TF books was necessarily a bad
thing, but we've already had a taste of multiple books concurrently and the facts are there was a vocal group of people who slammed the ongoing and Bumblebee while heaping praise on Wreckers.
There have even been people in the past who weren't content with simply disliking a book but wishing
that it would be cut short, despite the fact that there were people who enjoyed it.
The fact is, I will
pick up any TF book which is directly related to the current continuity, particularly as I don't have a beef with any of the writers who have contributed thus far, nor am I a fanboy of any specific writer. So, yes, just like everybody else I am entitled to my opinion without being attacked for it.
I think multiple books work well. All Hail Megatron and Maximum Dinobots weren't trying to tell the same story. They were both set at different times, used different casts and told completely different stories.
I could see being a good use of multiple books, telling stories at opposite ends of the spectrum. In my opinion, I think two ongoings with such objectives with minis telling side stories when appropriate should satiate the hunger for material while not over-saturating the market.
DecepticonsRule wrote:So to say that an event comprised of different series by these authors would be doomed because people have a hatred towards the person writing it is pretty narrow minded.
That's not the point I was trying to make. Not exactly, anyway. The story itself
wouldn't be doomed as we have
had promises post-AHM that there would be consistency but if the economic model doesn't support
such an expansion, why would IDW even consider such a project?
Sure, IDW might be inclined to start multiple intertwining ongoing books but if there really are
enough people who see a certain name on the cover and turn their noses up on that fact alone, then those titles would unfortunately fail.
ultramagnus1 wrote:some people will only read simon furmans work while others like me will read everyone. Quality is better then quantity as you say but its difficult to keep the standard sky high. Thats the same with most franchises.
I agree with that assessment. I think, in a way, the -ations had a good model with a rest between arcs, but to actually stop the book between arcs didn't do any favours for the momentum of the series. What would have been better would be to rotate the writers per arc so there isn't any type of burnout, particularly when Costa also writes at least one (maybe two?) of the G.I. Joe ongoings as well.
Therefore, so long as each writing team involved was up to date with the overall outline of the story being told, they could be switched in an out every six or so issues to keep the writing fresh.
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