A couple week’s ago, I did something I don’t normally do. I picked up the first issue of an ongoing that was going to be a completely original series. I hadn’t read any reviews for this issue to know if it’d be any good. I looked at the premise, the writer, and decided to pick up the first issue of Saucer County. I hadn’t picked up a title without any known characters, or hearing any good word of mouth, since I started getting Mice Templar. But this wasn’t a random pick up. I did get this issue knowing that I liked a lot of Paul Cornell’s previous work. I wanted something different, and an alien conspiracy book sounded fun. With the combination of those factors in mind, I gave it a try.
So, I want to know what goes into your decision making process when deciding to pick up a new book. Is it the characters involved? Do you only pick up if a certain writer and/or artist is involved? Does the premise have to hook you? Does the cover image have to catch your eye?