By the way, Marvel? Little thing that bugs me, that I haven’t mentioned up ’til now.
Your “Previously, On Buffy The Vampire Slayer” intro pages? Fuck off with those already. It’s just one less page of story, and yes: I noticed.
Wanna know how many super-convoluted inter-Marvel crossover stories I managed to follow as a little kid without benefit of those pages? All of them, jackasses. And now you’re doing decompression and losing a page? You really think your new storytelling is so complex that a new reader can’t be brought up to date with about fifty words of exposition, tops?
You guys just think you’re so fucking cool, don’t you?
Well, I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: you’re losing me as a reader, bit by bit. I don’t even read those intro pages, they bore the crap out of me. They’re useless. And how goddamn useless are you, if you can’t even bring a reader up to speed in-story? Feh. The freakin’ Clone Saga didn’t even have these intro pages, did it?
For Christ’s sake get your shit together.
By the way, Joss Whedon: using those “Previously…” intros on the Buffy TV series was a sensible and intelligent move. Due to the fact of it being a TV series. I admired the way you went for a recreation of a comics vibe, there. I thank you for that; it made me watch more avidly.
But by the way, Marvel: this isn’t TV, and you’re de-creating a comics vibe for me with this bullshit. Kindly pull your head out of your ass and stop it.
Also, subcaptioning is a coward’s captioning. Ellis made it work on his Authority, but he had a specific reason for doing it. You don’t. Also, the Meltzer-style “identified” captions…yeah, they could go, too. Man, you’re just lousy with tics and crutches these days, aren’t you Marvel? Do you even know how to plain tell a story anymore?
…Christ, I sound like John Byrne, don’t I.
See what you’ve driven me to, Marvel?!