Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: “Previously On The Green Hornet…” Edition


There’s a pivotal line in Moore & Gibbons’ ‘Watchmen’ series, wherein antagonist Adrian Veidt remarks he’s not so foolish as to act like a “Republic serial villain”, mocking the cliffhangers and contrivances of old.  Lately, though, many of those once-mocked cliffhangers and contrivances have been given new life, thanks to what TV producers call “arc-driven” storytelling (known in comics as “writing for the trade”).  The practice does have its downsides, especially as regards accessibility to new readers/viewers, but some believe it leads to greater engagement of the audience once they’re “hooked”, which in turn begs a query…


The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) is glad to know that the Brown Hornet miraculously escaped, UNHARMED, asking: Given the choice, do you prefer Serial Storytelling or Done-In-Ones?