Have you ever read a comics story and have your opinion of it completely change?
I just had that happen with Mister X (the 1984 miniseries by Dean Motter and Los Bros Hernandez). When I first read it, I was convinced that it was one of the best comics stories of the 1980s, and I couldn't see why it wasn't far more popular--though the artwork did nothing for me. I guess I thought it was stiff and didn't convey movement well, or that it wasn't detailed enough for me at the time, or that it was too cartoony.
Re-reading it over the past few days, I discovered two things. For one, I really enjoy the artwork of Los Bros Hernandez far more than I used to. Time after time, I found myself staring at the superbly clean lines of the faces and the clothing, seeing in them traces of Herge, Alex Toth, and Jack Cole. Panel after panel of frame-worthy artwork.
The story, on the other hand, suffered by comparison. The Macguffin failed to be of interest, the inexpert exposition called attention to itself, and the characters were, for the most part, one-dimensional ciphers. I don't think Motter sufficiently explored the idea of what it would be like to avoid sleep for that long, and the idea of the insanity brought on by the imperfectly-executed psycho-tecture (their word, not mine) needed a far more universal application to the characters in the story.
So now I see why this "unappreciated classic," as I thought of it, failed to capture a large audience.
Do you have any particular stories that you've changed your opinion about over the years? I'm particularly interested in hearing if you've changed your opinion in two ways about one story.