More Words = Better Stories?

Posted on 14 January 2015 by Mike-EL

Decompression = threat or menace?

Modern comics have far less words per page than comics from 20 years ago or earlier. It was arguably Warren Ellis that started this trend in the late 90s on comics like The Authority, and now everyone is doing it.

While it did make comic books more cinematic, relying less on wooden dialogue and poor exposition, the quality of the stories is not necessarily better. Danny-Boy, J’orge, Mike-EL and Jamie Greer weigh in on the issue.

PLUS: Jamie tells us the secret plan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Thanks to Bob Rozakis & Elliot S! Maggin for providing the inspiration for this debate in BACK ISSUE #62.