#1 Edited by Rabbitearsblog (6024 posts) - - Show Bio

How do you deal with comic book stories that are written terribly? Personally, I either try to avoid those stories altogether (if I heard that they were terrible) or I just read something else entirely (especially independent comics). But, if I had read a terrible story, then usually, I write fan fictions to see how the story could have gone differently if I didn't like the direction the story went to.

#2 Posted by Fallschirmjager (18791 posts) - - Show Bio

Unless its one of my very favorite characters, I won't read it.

And even then, I'm usually only reading it as a temporary fix in the hope that it improves later.

#3 Edited by AllStarSuperman (22794 posts) - - Show Bio

Burn them..... Lol. But i am gonna try to sell my crappy stories. *cough new 52 justice league cough* *cough marvel now captain America cough*

#4 Posted by The_Tree (7881 posts) - - Show Bio

When I can tell that a book is bad, I drop it as soon as possible and move on.

#5 Edited by Rabbitearsblog (6024 posts) - - Show Bio

@the_tree said:

When I can tell that a book is bad, I drop it as soon as possible and move on.

That's basically my reaction to reading a bad story.

#6 Posted by laidblack (1297 posts) - - Show Bio

Drop it and read something else.

#7 Edited by JulieDC (1053 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm usually the type that needs to see it for myself because I can still enjoy mediocre stories as long as the characters are still enjoyable and as long as reading it doesn't grate my brain. However if it is really bad that I actually notice it, I just never read it again and find an all time favorite to restore my hope in the medium and/or in that particular character.

#8 Posted by Deadpool_is_better_than_you (59 posts) - - Show Bio

Burn it then feed it to a shark then put the shark in a volcano

#9 Edited by Black_Claw (3042 posts) - - Show Bio

Make snarky remarks throughout the whe story. Then burn them.

#10 Posted by VoodooPenguin (1077 posts) - - Show Bio

Try to just focus on the characters I like to get through it. I will probably put off reading it for a couple weeks and go back to it. Or never again. I'm still on the King Grodd Flash arc.

#11 Posted by patrat18 (10705 posts) - - Show Bio

Never read it again.

#12 Edited by Battle_Forum_Junkie (8503 posts) - - Show Bio

If I start buying a title and it's bad I drop the series. Maybe try and sell them.

#13 Posted by green_skaar (4593 posts) - - Show Bio

Complain anonymously on the Internet.

#14 Posted by PowerHerc (85153 posts) - - Show Bio

I move on to another story and hope it's better.

#15 Posted by JoeC_Mommy (197 posts) - - Show Bio

If the lackluster storyline is in a title that I've liked, I ride it out. It might take a turn for the better, right? If it's in a title that I'm simply trying out, I drop it. You know, it seems like a no-brainer, to drop a title when you dislike the story. But it isn't, because you'll always wonder what you've missed. It's kind of like leaving a ballgame when your team is so far behind that you're sure they'll never win ... and then missing their miraculous comeback.

#16 Posted by Rabbitearsblog (6024 posts) - - Show Bio

If the lackluster storyline is in a title that I've liked, I ride it out. It might take a turn for the better, right? If it's in a title that I'm simply trying out, I drop it. You know, it seems like a no-brainer, to drop a title when you dislike the story. But it isn't, because you'll always wonder what you've missed. It's kind of like leaving a ballgame when your team is so far behind that you're sure they'll never win ... and then missing their miraculous comeback.

I agree that it would be best to ride out the story rather than just drop it, especially if you want to see what happens in the story next. But, the problem I would have with reading such a bad story afterwards is that it could ruin my favorite characters for a long time and I have to be forced to watch my favorite character be taken in a direction that I don't want them to go in.

#17 Edited by boschePG (2609 posts) - - Show Bio

I pretend that arc doesnt happen and drop the book until I feel safe to repick up the series again

#18 Posted by dondave (38821 posts) - - Show Bio

Think about ways to retcon it

#19 Edited by Rabbitearsblog (6024 posts) - - Show Bio

@boschepg said:

I pretend that arc doesnt happen and drop the book until I feel safe to repick up the series again

I also do this and I usually wish that the arc would get retconned out of existence.

@dondave said:

Think about ways to retcon it

This also.

#20 Edited by Farkam (5031 posts) - - Show Bio

I stop reading it and wait until it's inevitable retcon.

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#21 Posted by Yung ANcient One (4873 posts) - - Show Bio

I have yet to read a completely terrible story. I read some bad stories but I just finish them and try to not read them again.

Besides that like everyone else said

Avoid

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#22 Posted by spinningbirdcake (1430 posts) - - Show Bio

@allstarsuperman said:

Burn them..... Lol. But i am gonna try to sell my crappy stories. *cough new 52 justice league cough* *cough marvel now captain America cough*

Marvel Now Cap is no good huh? I was somewhat interested in checking it out even though I'm not really a Rick Remender reader.

#23 Posted by Wolverine08 (45187 posts) - - Show Bio

Don't read it.

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#24 Posted by AllStarSuperman (22794 posts) - - Show Bio

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@allstarsuperman said:

Burn them..... Lol. But i am gonna try to sell my crappy stories. *cough new 52 justice league cough* *cough marvel now captain America cough*

Marvel Now Cap is no good huh? I was somewhat interested in checking it out even though I'm not really a Rick Remender reader.

@theacidskull likes it a lot, but I found it to be long and boring, not to mention JRJRs art got worse with each issue.

#25 Posted by Wolverine08 (45187 posts) - - Show Bio

@allstarsuperman said:

Burn them..... Lol. But i am gonna try to sell my crappy stories. *cough new 52 justice league cough* *cough marvel now captain America cough*

Marvel Now Cap is no good huh? I was somewhat interested in checking it out even though I'm not really a Rick Remender reader.

The art was pretty bad in the beginning, and the story was pretty mediocre. It got a way better artist, and the story has been steadily improving, but it's hasn't become phenomenal or anything like that.

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#26 Posted by TheAcidSkull (18383 posts) - - Show Bio

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@spinningbirdcake said:

@allstarsuperman said:

Burn them..... Lol. But i am gonna try to sell my crappy stories. *cough new 52 justice league cough* *cough marvel now captain America cough*

Marvel Now Cap is no good huh? I was somewhat interested in checking it out even though I'm not really a Rick Remender reader.

@theacidskull likes it a lot, but I found it to be long and boring, not to mention JRJRs art got worse with each issue.

This isn't true. I think the second arc is a good, the first one was terrible.

#27 Edited by Veshark (9058 posts) - - Show Bio
#28 Edited by Rabbitearsblog (6024 posts) - - Show Bio

@veshark said:

I make snarky blog posts about them.

Mostly, I avoid them. Even bad stories with my favorite characters. I don't have the dime to waste it on subpar books.

I also tend to write very negative reviews about the bad storylines I've read, but like you, I try to avoid them since I don't have the patience to deal with them.

#29 Posted by jwalser3 (5261 posts) - - Show Bio

I try and give series at least 2 issues before I decided if I'm going to continue to read it.

#30 Edited by Rabbitearsblog (6024 posts) - - Show Bio

Don't read it.

Basically this. I avoid bad storylines at all cost.

#31 Posted by Binski (647 posts) - - Show Bio

I trudge through it hoping the next storyline is better and will have something to do with the bad storyline before it to make it seem at least worthwhile to buy and read

#32 Posted by kyrees (5954 posts) - - Show Bio

i'd keep it locked up forever. on a rare moment of insanity, i'd read it again for shitz and giggles.

#33 Posted by TheBakeBoss (80 posts) - - Show Bio

1. Lie down

2. Try not to cry

3. Cry a lot

#34 Posted by WaveMotionCannon (5616 posts) - - Show Bio

#17 Edited by boschePG (1516 posts) - 1 day, 2 hours ago - Show Bio

I pretend that arc doesnt happen and drop the book until I feel safe to repick up the series again

This

#35 Posted by Rabbitearsblog (6024 posts) - - Show Bio
#36 Posted by MaccyD (4998 posts) - - Show Bio

Depends how bad it is. Might read it if it's so bad it's funny, it's how The Room got popular after all.

#37 Edited by Rabbitearsblog (6024 posts) - - Show Bio

@maccyd said:

Depends how bad it is. Might read it if it's so bad it's funny, it's how The Room got popular after all.

Yeah, I do come across comic books where the story is so bad that I actually like the story for being so bad!

#38 Posted by SilverPool (2068 posts) - - Show Bio

If I buy them then don't like it, I'll sell them when I'm done reading them. Like The First Uncanny Avengers (Marvel Now) Volume and first New 52 Action Comics Volume.

#39 Posted by MaccyD (4998 posts) - - Show Bio

@silverpool: One advantage of retail over digital...

Slightly off-topic: Why didn't you like those 1st volumes? I found them enjoyable enough.

#40 Posted by HillbillyMorangie (927 posts) - - Show Bio

If its part of a series I will read it, if it's a new series ill probably leave it. It's like bad tv episodes, especially sci fi, I watch dr who and star track even if a good 1/3 is terrible ;)

#41 Edited by laidblack (1297 posts) - - Show Bio

Drop it like a bad habit.

#42 Posted by SilverPool (2068 posts) - - Show Bio

@maccyd said:

@silverpool: One advantage of retail over digital...

Slightly off-topic: Why didn't you like those 1st volumes? I found them enjoyable enough.

I really enjoyed the first 2 or 3 issues of Action Comics, but I didn't really care for the rest of the volume, and wasn't really interested in where the series seemed to be going. Uncanny X-Men wasn't terrible either, I just felt the story didn't really go anywhere. I enjoyed the first issue a lot, I liked the art of the volume, layout and, my god, the smooth hardcover is amazing. I thought the story had a lot of promise, but it was hard for me to really be engaged in reading everything after the first issue. Honestly, I didn't feel that much really happened in the story. I thought it was pretty predictable. Which is unfortunate since that was one of the Marvel Now books I was really looking forward to getting.

#43 Edited by Hanson724 (565 posts) - - Show Bio

I'll drop that book and move on . Maybe come back if something changes; like Action Comics with Pak.

#44 Posted by Omega Ray Jay (7958 posts) - - Show Bio

Drop it then proceed to moan about it on here

#45 Posted by Rabbitearsblog (6024 posts) - - Show Bio

I'll drop that book and move on . Maybe come back if something changes; like Action Comics with Pak.

I'm the same way. I just move on if the story doesn't catch my interest. It's not like it's going to affect the titles for all eternity.