What makes you pick up one comic instead of another? Is it the characters in the comic, the writer, the artist, the cover or good reviews that influence your comic choices most?
I usually start out with a character that I like which will lead me really enjoying a writer's style which leads me to new characters. I haven't really searched out specific comics by artists yet. But I started out liking Captain America which led me to Brubaker. I loved his writing so I picked up his runs on Iron Fist and Secret Avengers as well as his series such as Fatale, Criminal, and the Marvels Project.
Honestly its a little of all of that you mentioned.
Nobody can answer that question better than he did.
But is there a title that you would pick up no matter who was writing it or drawing it, even if it was total crap? I'm guilty of this when it comes to Wonder Woman and boy has there been some crappy Wonder Woman. Is there a writer or artist you like so much that you would pick up what ever title they were writing? I do this with Greg Rucka, he is currently writing Punisher and I've never been a big fan of the character, but I'm actually really digging the book.
@Katie24: I seen an article recently that asked the same question. It is a mix as stated above.
Since most characters that I enjoy tend to disappoint after awhile, I do not to stay loyal to my favorite characters. I drop in from time to time and check on those characters, but end up dropping those titles after a few months. Or I read a related titles, for example instead of reading Batman I read Batwoman and a few other bat-titles instead.
I also try to mix my pull list with different genres. So if I feel the need to explore different genres, I'll try a few different titles. For example, I'll be picking up Image's Debrisin July to ad a little sci-fi variety.
Then of course there are the creators. I'll pick a few titles just based on the creators. At the moment, I am really interested in Jeff Lemire because of his work on Animal Man. So I'll likely check out TPB of Sweet Tooth, Essex County, and Underwater Welder when it is released.
For pre-existing characters/titles it's whether or not I like the main character, and if I like the writer.
To hook me into a new series that I've never tried or heard of, it has to have good covers, and/or a writer I know and like. Like for the comic Daytripper, I picked it up solely because the cover looked amazing.
Character and storylines... but I have a look at the art and if it's not all that, I'm unlikely to read it.
Also the publisher tends to sway my opinion, I like IDW, Image and DC, although I am branching out into smaller/independent publishers.
If it's written by Kevin Smith, Geoff Johns or Alan Moore then I'm all over it.
Roughly speaking, my decisions are made using these criteria:
- When I know someone can give me a good story, I will often read comics I wouldn't otherwise consider.
2. Concept / Genre
- The idea behind the comic can sell me. How a comic is promoted suggests what kind of comic it might be. This is what often attracts me to comics by writers I had not previously read.
3. Reviews / Buzz
- When a comic is highly regarded or is creating a big buzz, I will often want to check it out.
4. Favorite characters/teams
- While I wasn't willing to try out the new Justice League or the current Green Lantern series by Geoff Johns, I was all over the current Aquaman series by the same writer. I'm more likely to give a comic a chance if its an Aquaman comic, for example.
- Rarely will it be just the artist that draws me in. Usually it has to have a draw based on one of the above categories in addition to having a cool artist.
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