Speaking of decompressed comics, that's something that has gotten to me too, big time. It has its place as a technique, but creators tend to abuse it to pad their stories beyond all belief.
The classic and worst example I can think of was that Johns JSA arc, Thy Kingdom Come, also known as "The walking tour of places none of the readers care about, with side excursions into an insane Earth 2 that never appears again, and to a crazed and inexplicably powerful Magog, or is it Gog, who wanders around killing people for no apparent reason". That shit was LONG...way too long.
However, I find the indies full of stuff that absolutely isn't padded. A great recent, (this week), example is Dynamite's The Shadow Annual, which tells the story of the death of Bugsy Seigel, and how that happened, (hint---The Shadow knows), while weaving it into The Shadow's backstory, all while giving a complete story that sheds light on the character of The Shadow in just the one issue.
Not that everything has to be done in one, but arcs shouldn't be longer than absolutely necessary to tell the story. Which they are very frequently, at DC at least, (though I also point the finger at Valiant's Harbinger Wars, another wretched example of the crossover run amok).
Achilles is the kind of evil that hollows out a volcano for a lair, and sends killer robots after his enemies.---Lord Simian