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Old November 13th, 2006   fallentaco is offline   #17
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i like to give it an rac to a year depending on the title.
Flash i gave up on in 3 issues. might start agan here soon as the new team starts.
wonder woman im giving an arc.
for checkmate i was giving an arc, but it's tuned into a year, if i donr like it then, well it'll be dropped.

the flaw with all this is i sometimes just buy books for soem arcs, like i'll be doing with firestorm. so it's not that i dont have room, i just have to balance the titles by arcs.
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Old November 13th, 2006   sda is offline   #18
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Well it all depends. Some books I'll give only a single issue while others I'll ride out until the end even without being "impressed". I mean, I may see or hear about some title or other and just pick it up out of curiosity -- if I like it I'll likely buy more, if not then its a one-shot for me. Other books I'll hang onto til the bitter end -- Marvel's new Invaders comes to mind. I always loved the characters and the earliers series so I bought the new one and absolutely HATED the artwork and found the stories sort of luke-warm. But I held on til the end hoping it would get better, or maybe out of some twisted sort of loyalty. Who knows?
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Old November 13th, 2006   Andy S. is offline   #19
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On average, i'd say that i give anything about 3 issues to wow me.
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Old November 13th, 2006   dragon.king is offline   #20
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I give a new series at least two issues, depending on how #1 fared. I gave Shadowpact one issue, Flash two issues, Mystery in Space two issues, Morrison's Batman one issue, Dini's Detective one issue, before I finally dropped them.

There are some which I give a full arc or so, such as the Green Lantern Corps and Blue Beetle.
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Old November 13th, 2006   Your Rock God is offline   #21
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One issue. If it gets good praise, I'll check out the trade at Border's.
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Old November 13th, 2006   Amentep is offline   #22
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I don't have a set pattern...a lot of it depends on how intrigued I am by the comics premise and by the creators.

Creators I like usually get an arc or two to impress me. Ideas I like usually get an arc. If its not really an "arc" comic, its typically 4-6 issues.

Sometimes its more; I commited to buying Waid/Kitson's LSH for a year, and then gave it a second year reprive (but I didn't make it through the second year, eventually having to admit that as much as I wanted to like it, it didn't work for me).
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Old November 13th, 2006   Infernorhythm is offline   #23
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I used to give a book two or maybe three issues to hook me, but I've adopted a method I learned from Capt. Dallas: one issue to impress me or I drop it.
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Old November 13th, 2006   Mackaybear is offline   #24
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The first story arc or 6 issues, whichever is longer.....
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That about sums it up for me too these days.

Don't have a lot of discretionary income to blow on bad books. Or books/stories that don't work for me.
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Old November 13th, 2006   Saturn Girl is offline   #25
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I decide within one or two issues if I'm going to keep reading a new (or just new to me) title.

I have a harder time letting go when it comes to titles I've been reading for a long time when there is a decline in quality. If it outright starts to suck, I'll drop it quickly, but if it becomes so-so, I keep praying it will get better.
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Old November 13th, 2006   raw power72 is offline   #26
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If it is based on a character I like I will buy it as a fan but if the art is struggling I will drop it after 3 isuues

What really catches my eye is the art

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Old November 13th, 2006   Paul_King is offline   #27
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2 issues.

If there is nothing by then, I can look for the trade later and the loss won't be as bad.

6-issue arc (singles) ~$18

6-issue arc (collected) ~$15

If the series can't grab me in 2, chances are getting it for 4 more won't help when the trade will be almost as expensive later.

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Old November 13th, 2006   Ohoni is offline   #28
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Usually? Zero issues. I'll read the book in the store, if it's good, I buy it, if not, I don't see why I should pay for it. If I expect it'll be good I might buy an issue unread (and of course my regular titles I read at home). If I think it's not good but has a chance of getting better than I might continue to read it until it is. I just can't understand the people who'll keeep buying issue after issue in hopes that it'll suck less than the last.
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Old November 13th, 2006   TalonTheater is offline   #29
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6-issue arc (singles) ~$18

6-issue arc (collected) ~$15
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Where are you getting your trades?? I've gotten collections of 10 issues for $10 retail price!
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Old November 13th, 2006   Mario is offline   #30
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I used to give a book an arc. Lately, tho, if I'm not grabbed by the first issue, I wait and see whether it's worth getting the trade.
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Old November 13th, 2006   Lundonj is offline   #31
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1-6 issues if I am trying something new. It has to be a pretty poor first issue to stop me on the first try, but it happens quite a bit.

12-issues if it is a character/concept I like, but with new creative team, direction, etc.

I used to hang on longer for my favorite characters. However, I've arrived at a time in life when story trumps complete collections and runs.

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Old November 14th, 2006   James D. is offline   #32
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I'll usually give a book two issues to hook me. I used to be willing to hold on a bit longer but, at $3.00 a book, I now feel like I need some immediate payoff or I'm gonna drop it. Doesn't mean writers have to "cut to the chase" and neglect plot development and characterization in order to provide immediate action. I just have to get a sense that the story is going somewhere interesting.
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