I manage to miss the first issue - or couple of issues - of each storyline. I go by the covers, and managed not to pay that much attention each time, I guess. Sighs. Anyway, I think this proves a point I made a long time: readers can jump in at any point. If you make the story so convoluted that a reader can't jump in mid-way, it's annoying, and it feels like a money grab. 'Start from the beginning or you will be punished by not understanding anything.'
I was told in no uncertain terms that it was pretty much my fault because the authors and artists wanted you to read the whole thing and that's not a bad thing on their part, and how dare I be offended by this. My cynicism and calling things money grabs was called into question.
So let's delve into this: there are many ways that comic companies can money grab. Punishing you for not buying everything - in a story arc or crossover - is one of the most common ways. A talented writer can give you just enough background to jump in anywhere. It's like so many series: you tend to understand more and get more out of the character development i you read in order, but you don't have to and you aren't penalized for not doing it. A smart company would allow writers to do this. If I jump in on issue forty one or forty two, and like what I read, I'm likely to go back and track down the other issues. If I'm confused as fuck, I won't. DC has done this to me in issue one of a series, although this seems to be a more recent development. That being said, I've jumped in the middle of a story twice, and I haven't felt nearly as confused as I have by some recent issues of DC. Ostrander and Yale are excellent at welcoming readers any time. It's like they appreciate them, or something... Also, they're good enough writers that they can do this.
That being said, I was looking forward to the confrontation between Deadshot and Waller. I got to the end, and realized that I'd spent a long time waiting and hadn't even noticed. I was so into what they were doing in Vlatava, and how the team was acting together, that I didn't even realize it was going to be over so soon after Deadshot comes after Waller.
Looking forward to the next issue!