Indeed, I don't hold with the notion that a limitation of space is a limitation of the message, or the craft.
It just felt very superficial to me. Lots of telling, lots of flashes of pop cultured elements of these ideas, but not ILLUMINATING, not INVIGORATING, which are very clearly two of the goals of that work.
Alan Moore used to say that he no longer wanted to do work that didn't address some great human truth. I feel like the works of Milligan and Morrison do just that, and I feel like Kot WANTED to do that, but his work is so derivative and so unartful that, for me, he failed. At the very minimum I want a unique delivery of ideas, and what I REALLY want is some unique synthesis of ideas that results in...well, in something new. When Milligan, and Moore, and Morrison are at their best they give me that. When they are at their worst they tend to give me something excellent anyway.