Just wondering what goes into your decision to purchase a comic at a comics store? For this question, I am only talking about buying a comic off the rack at the comics shop, please.
How important is:
The writer’s name?
The lead character (s)?
Whether or not the story is an ‘event’ comic?
My method for picking up new titles is like this:
Walk into the shop on Wednesday.
Find all the first issues.
Does the cover look like something I will be interested in? Is it a hero book with characters I give a shit about? Is it a hero book with new young heroes that looks like it won’t be around long enough for a writer switch? Is it set in space? Does it have some guy’s name I hate on the cover? Does the artist know how boobs and spines work? Do I recognize and like the characters? Is it a public domain crossover?
Not all of these questions need be answered in a favorable way if something’s made me interested.
If it passes all the preliminaries, I flip through the book. I should be able to get the idea of what the story is from flipping without actually reading the book. Most of those cover questions are asked again as I’m flipping.
If I think I’ll like it, I get it. In the past, I’ve made a habit of making videos about them.