Faultlines: Mini (1997) #5
This issue of Faultlines focuses on the mini-series format in comics. Short story arcs of 3-5 issues that tell a contained story. Some insights into mini-series:
- They allow creators to do more experimental stories without a long-term commitment. Riskier concepts and themes can be explored.
- Mini-series become collectibles, as readers seek to obtain the full series. This drives sales and popularity.
- They permit the use of rotating creative teams. Different writers and artists can contribute to mini-series, keeping things fresh.
- They facilitate event-style crossovers and special issues. Mini-series can be launched to tie into major crossover storylines or real-world events.
- They make comics more like other media formats like novels, television seasons, or film trilogies. Stories can have clear beginnings, middles and endings.
This issue profiles several successful mini-series from the 1990s like Daredevil: The Dark Knight Returns, Batman: Year One, Batman: Bloodstorm, and X-Force/Cable. Lessons from their creation and impact on the comics industry at the time.
Also included are creator interviews, reviews of lesser-known mini-series, and roundtable discussions on the future of the format. Mini-series continue to be an important part of storytelling in comics, television, films and beyond. They provide a more constrained and compelling experience for both creators and audiences.
Overall, this issue explores why mini-series work so well in comics and what can be achieved through them as a storytelling medium. Their influence and possibilities are analyzed by industry figures and fans alike.