S.F. Jude Terror wrote:I will say that Battle of the Atom doesn't feel disruptive because the stories of the X books as a whole have led to this pretty naturally. However, I read all of them anyway so it works very nicely for me. I dropped all the Batman books with Death in the Family because I wasn't reading them all and hated having to read issues of books I wasn't already reading to get the full story.
I think this is one of the most annoying things about the "families" of books. Marvel assumes all people who read one X-book, read them all. Back when X-factor first started years ago, I read only that. I hated what Claremont was doing on X-men at the time, and I never did like New Mutants, so I only read X-Factor. And for a couple of years it was stand-alone. But then Marvel decided that all the X-books should cross over pretty much all the time, and that main characters should swap back and forth across the different books, and after that you basically had to read all the X-books (which by then included also X-Force, Wolverine, and probably others I'm forgetting).
And as you say with the Bat-titles, it's the same. DC seems to assume that just because I read Batgirl, it means I also read... Nightwing, Red Hood, Batman Inc, Batman, Dark Knight, Detective Comics, Batwoman, Catwoman, and Batman and Fill-In-The-Blank. I want to tell them... Dude, even if I had unlimited funds, there is no way --No. Effing. Way. -- I am going to read 8-10 titles about the same character every month. I don't think I'd even read 10 titles about Supergirl
every month, and I like her WAY better than I like Batman.
My comic-shop owner seems to have the same mentality. When I complained about VM and all the damn events and crossovers he said, "What events and crossovers? This is the first one DC has really done since 2 years ago with the New 52." When I rattled them off... H'el, Death, Throne of Atlantis... he said, "Well those are all within a family, so they're not really crossovers. DC just assumes if you read one, you read them all. And I have to tell you, most people do."
I guess this was just his way of telling me that I'm weird.
But I do not, and have not EVER, collected large numbers of books about one character or set of characters. I like VARIETY in my pull list, and I'm not going to just expand it out to infinity. I'm fine reading one bat-book, maybe two. But 10, 12, 15? Um... no.