- Posted by Johanna on January 8, 2012 at 5:36 pm
- Category: Digital and Webcomics
Rob at Panel Patter took advantage of a free sample offer to try the anniversary issue Savage Dragon #175, but the experience wasn’t satisfying enough to convert him to a reader. Some of the lessons he points out for those considering similar giveaways include avoiding too much complicated backstory that seems out of keeping with the character, and giving away an issue that’s a good starting point, unlike this one.
These two are related, but not quite the same. Together, they add up to an issue that’s not enjoyable for new readers. Rob goes on to conclude that this is a problem with many other titles from the genre, in contrast to two other properties he jumped onto quickly:
I just don’t see why superhero comics are determined to keep new readers in the dark and why their supporters argue for new readers to go see wikis and other sites. Why can’t the comic itself stand on its own?
I had almost no knowledge of Dr. Who. I watched one episode in the middle of 50 years of continuity and was instantly hooked, because all I needed to know was that it was a guy in a time-travelling space ship. I watched one episode of the character-continuity heavy Community and I was hooked, without needing to know much of anything at all.
If it can be done with other comics I referenced above and with other media properties, it can be done in superhero comics.
By the way, I second his recommendation of Community, because it’s hilarious and deserves many more readers. To pull all this together, it even has its own Doctor Who parody, “Inspector Spacetime”, but if you aren’t familiar with the Doctor, the references still work as some goofy thing the guys go fannish over.