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Tuesday, December 16, 2008 

Why so many recent comics have become padded

Dan DiDio explains why Batman RIP has a crummy ending (via Comiks Debris):
...because we live in the world of collected editions, we needed a conclusion in the Batman series, so that we could collect it properly within Batman, without having to bring in segments of Final Crisis to complete the story.
And that's also why so much storytelling in past years has felt so bloated, dragging along, and contrived. Because they're forcing them to be written only for the sake of trades. Whatever happened to self-contained storytelling? If only they'd pay attention to how short-story novels were written, but they don't do that anymore.

As for Batman RIP, it's supposed to end in Final Crisis #6, which makes it the umpteenth bait-and-switch moneymaking trick DC has pulled recently.

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