As a general rule, 12 issues. If I think the series really suck, and this rarely happens, I just buy the first storyarc.
i think BD is also asking for recommendation of a good independent series, preferably superhero-y, with good potential for longevity.
i would say to you try Savage Dragon. Its into issue #180+ by now and each issue is fun on its own merits. very much action-oriented and with a bit of a Jack Kirby or Walt Simonson vibe. Whammo!
also, there is Supreme which has just started up again and is entertaining from what ive read.
Last edited by CromagnonMan; 07-15-2012 at 12:46 PM.
The Copper Age is my Golden Age
My 2014 1000 comic progress
This really depends on a number of things – mainly, I will give a book more of a chance if the writer has impressed me before. Meaning, I will allow that what seems like a hiccup or meander to be purposeful as part of a slow build. Otherwise a comic – these days anyway – has very few issues to actually grab me.
The New 52 at DC. I bought maybe 20 titles right out of the gate, and of those (from the original 52), I now only buy one of those: Birds of Prey.
The other 19 titles I mostly dropped within 3 issues. Wonder Woman I lasted 6 issues, but tired of the ‘everything you knew before is a lie approach’. Justice League, I should have dropped at issue #1, but read the entire first arc- dreadful. Pretty close to being the worst comic arc I have read. The full arc told me one thing: I should have trusted my instinct to drop it at issue #1.
These are the names that I allow some grace with in terms of plotting, and will give more than the normal number of issues, or allow a full arc to pull me in:
o Sometimes Fraction
o Sometimes Remender
o Often Robinson
o Rarely (these days at least) Morrison
Names that I used to trust and now will scarcely give a chance to anymore:
o Johns - his name now is synonymous with crap for me, whereas he was actually a writer that got me back into comics after a 4 year absence.
o Azzarello – just no. He struck out on First Wave, and his Wonder Woman shows me that he has Zero interest or love for the actual character.